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EPPRECHT, Eugenio Kahn; BARBOSA, Laura França Marques  and  SIMOES, Bruno Francisco Teixeira. SPC of multiple stream processes: a chart for enhanced detection of shifts in one stream. Prod. [online]. 2011, vol.21, n.2, pp.242-253.  Epub Apr 29, 2011. ISSN 0103-6513.

The efficiency of Boyd's group charts -the classical scheme for the statistical control of multiple-stream processes- is impaired by its underlying model of the process not considering that part of the variation in such processes is common to all streams. Mortell and Runger (1995) and Runger, Alt and Montgomery (1996) proposed alternative schemes which take this fact into account. We propose a third scheme: a modified group chart, based on the differences between the values of the quality characteristic in each particular stream and the average of the values of all streams. The average run lengths of this scheme and of the competing schemes in the case of shifts in the mean of one individual stream are obtained either analytically or by simulation and compared. The results show the superiority of the proposed scheme except for shifts smaller than one standard deviation, against which no one of the schemes is really efficient.

Keywords : Multiple stream processes; Group charts; Statistical process control; Performance analysis; ARL.

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