Measurement Systems Analysis Training

Course Outline
Course Objectives

Intended Audience

Engineers, quality professionals, supervisors, metrology technicians.

Time To Complete

7 hours (0.7 CEUs)

What is Measurement Systems Analysis?

Not every organization is aware of the importance of understanding and quantifying the variation in measurement systems. Without a good measurement system, there is no real way of knowing what the output of a process really is! We may think that we are producing good parts based on measurements made only to find out that the parts are seriously defective or out-of-tolerance because the measuring device used is inaccurate, out-of-calibration, or not stable.

GR&R Studies are the most widely accepted techniques for evaluating the level of variation in a measurement system and determining if the evaluated measurement system is acceptable for use. And, once a measurement system is found acceptable, it is equally important to institute a formal system to manage the measurement system to ensure that it continues to be reliable and dependable.

Measurement Systems Analysis Online Training

MSA (Measurement Systems Analysis) online training includes detailed tutorials on many measurement system analysis techniques including how to conduct and analyze GR&R (Gage Repeatability and Reproducibility) Studies. A GR&R is the accepted technique for evaluating the level of variation in a measurement system and determining if the measurement system is acceptable for use. Measurement System Analysis covers techniques for analyzing the variation within a measurement system, determining its suitability for use, and ways to improve measurement systems. The GR&R analysis techniques used in the MSA online training program are in compliance with IAFT 16949/AIAG methods.

Once a measurement system is found to be acceptable, it is equally important to institute a formal system to manage the measurement system to ensure that it continues to be reliable and dependable. MSA explores approaches to managing measurement systems to ensure that they can be depended upon.

This Training Enables Learners To…

  • To explain various sources of measurement system uncertainty.
  • To conduct measurement system studies including assessment of linearity, stability, repeatability, and reproducibility.
  • To define ways to improve measurement systems.
  • To understand and implement a gage management and calibration system.

Recommended Prerequisites

  • A solid understanding of statistical measures of variation covered in Basic SPC and Advanced SPC or the equivalent.
  • Experience with basic measuring concepts and an understanding of sources of variation in measurement systems such as what is covered in Gage Training or the equivalent.

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Measurement Systems Analysis Course Outline

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 1 Challenge

  • An assessment of the learner’s 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 2 Challenge

  • An assessment of the learner’s progress in this Unit.

Measurement Systems Analysis Course Objectives

Unit 1 | Analyzing Measurement System Variation

In this unit, you will cover the techniques for analyzing the variation contained within a measurement system itself. After completing this Unit, you should be able to:

  • Know the common sources of measurement system variation.
  • Understand both Type A and Type B evaluations of measurement uncertainty.
  • Use both graphical and mathematical techniques to evaluate gage or instrument linearity and stability, and initiate action to address linearity or stability issues.
  • Know how to plan and conduct a GR&R study.
  • Perform R&R analysis for non-destructive measurements, for destructive measurements, and for attribute measurements.
  • Use ANOVA and graphical techniques for the R&R analysis.
  • Use the GR&R data to initiate action to improve the measurement device’s repeatability and reproducibility.

Unit 2 | Managing Measurement Systems

In this unit you will learn about the importance of measurement device calibration management. Upon completion of this unit you will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of calibration and management.
  • Describe the primary sources of measurement error.
  • Show how the calibration of a measurement device is tied to ISO standards.
  • Specify your requirements for measurement instrument management software, if you choose to computerize your records.

Measurement Systems Analysis Course Outline

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 1 Challenge

  • An assessment of the learner's 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 2 Challenge

  • An assessment of the learner's progress in this Unit.

Measurement Systems Analysis Course Objectives

Unit 1 | Analyzing Measurement System Variation

In this unit, you will cover the techniques for analyzing the variation contained within a measurement system itself. After completing this Unit, you should be able to:

  • Know the common sources of measurement system variation.
  • Understand both Type A and Type B evaluations of measurement uncertainty.
  • Use both graphical and mathematical techniques to evaluate gage or instrument linearity and stability, and initiate action to address linearity or stability issues.
  • Know how to plan and conduct a GR&R study.
  • Perform R&R analysis for non-destructive measurements, for destructive measurements, and for attribute measurements.
  • Use ANOVA and graphical techniques for the R&R analysis.
  • Use the GR&R data to initiate action to improve the measurement device's repeatability and reproducibility.

Unit 2 | Managing Measurement Systems

In this unit you will learn about the importance of measurement device calibration management. Upon completion of this unit you will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of calibration and management.
  • Describe the primary sources of measurement error.
  • Show how the calibration of a measurement device is tied to ISO standards.
  • Specify your requirements for measurement instrument management software, if you choose to computerize your records.