MSA (Measurement System Analysis)

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Unit 1 - Analyzing Measurement System Variation

Lesson 1

Variation in Measurement Systems
  • A review of sources of measurement system variation.
  • An explanation of Type A and Type B evaluations of measurement uncertainty.
  • Exploration of the effects of too much variation on measurements.

Lesson 2

Measurement System Linearity
  • How to measure gage/instrument linearity (both graphically and mathematically) to determine if a gage (or instrument) has linearity problems.
  • Taking action to deal with linearity problems.

Lesson 3

Measurement System Stability
  • How to evaluate gage/instrument stability using a control chart. Taking action to deal with stability problems.

Lesson 4

Repeatability & Reproducibility
  • How to conduct a GR&R study.
  • R&R analysis for non-destructive measurements.
  • Use of ANOVA for GR&Rs.
  • R&R analysis for destructive measurements.
  • R&R analysis for attribute measurements.
  • Graphical techniques to analyze R&R.

Lesson 5

Improving Measurement Systems
  • Using a problem-solving approach to find the root causes of repeatability and reproducibility problems.
  • Using the GR&R data to help direct the problem-solving effort.
  • A description of some basic causes to investigate if gage/instrument repeatability is high.
  • A description of some basic causes to investigate if appraiser reproducibility is high.

Lesson 6

MSA Software Considerations
  • Suggested selection criteria for features of software programs for analyzing GR&R studies.
  • An overview of some of the advanced measurement system analysis tools that a GR&R software package may have.

Unit Test

Challenge

An assessment of the learnerís progress in this unit.

Unit 2 - Managing Measurement Systems

Lesson 1

Formal Instruments Management
  • Why a gage/instrument calibration program is so important and makes good business sense.
  • Why a gage/instrument may not be accurate.
  • The components of a gage/instrument management system.

Lesson 2

Sources of Measurement Error
  • Measurement errors due to gage/instrument calibration deficiencies.
  • Measurement error related to gage/instrument usage or damage.
  • Errors of judgment resulting in measurement errors.
  • GR&R issues and measurement error.

Lesson 3

Calibration Practices
  • A discussion of common calibration practices.
  • Key elements of a calibration system as defined by ISO 10012-1.
  • Gage/instrument identification techniques.
  • Sources for calibration procedures and independent calibration laboratories.
  • Methods for determining intervals of calibration.
Lesson 4
Calibration Standards & Tools
  • Traceability of calibration standards from primary national standards to working standards.
  • The role of transfer standards and working standards.
  • Measurement uncertainty and the calibration system.

Lesson 5

Calibration Pitfalls
  • Common instrument management system pitfalls.
  • Proactive techniques to steer your organization clear of these pitfalls.
Lesson 6
Records & Audits
  • Different types of records needed for a comprehensive instrument management system.
  • The role of audits to ensure your instrument management system is working.

Lesson 7

Calibration Software Considerations
  • Benefits of using instrument management software.
  • Suggested selection criteria of software features for an instrument management software program.

Unit Test

Challenge

An assessment of the learnerís progress in this unit.