Robust Design Review

To promote the application of Robust Deisgn in Industry focusing on Taguchi mehtods, the philosophy and organizational issue of Robust Design Deployment

Saturday, September 08, 2007

New publication from Fujitsu

Fujitsu has published a new paper about the application of Robust Design in Fujitsu Science and Technology Journal. see link below:
Achieving Robust Design through Quality Engineering:Taguchi Method

Monday, May 29, 2006

Robust Design in economics

Recently a paper about using robust design ideas in strategic planning and economics has appreared in Management Science Journal. It is interesting that how to deal variation in the macro economics level has attracted attention from economist as well.

A General, Analytic Method for Generating Robust Strategies and Narrative Scenarios
Robert J Lempert, David G Groves, Steven W Popper, Steve C Bankes. Management Science. Linthicum: Apr 2006.Vol.52, Iss. 4; pg. 514, 15 pgs

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Juran's reason for training failures

Juran has identified some of the most common reasons why quality training programs fail. These are also true for any training program attempting to train employees for Robust Design:
1. Cultural resistance by Line managers
2. Doubt as to the usefulness of the training
3. Lack of participation by line managers
4. Techniques versus problem orientation
5. Inadequecies of leaders
6. Mixing of levels of participants
7. Lack of application during the course
8. Language too complex
9. Lack of participation by the training function
10. Operational and logistical deficiencies

Monday, April 24, 2006

web reference

Good introduction to Robust Design

EU Robust

There is a group of EU universities and companies participating in a program called EU Robust. Recently they have published interesting industrial case studies.

Robust Design References

A list of the relevant litrature to RObust Design and Taguchi Mehtods:

Andersson Peder (1996). A Process Approach to Robust Design in Early Engineering Design Phases, Department of Machine Design, Lund Institute of Technology

Arvidsson, M., Gremyr, I. and Johansson, P. (2003). Use and Knowledge of Robust Design Methodology: A Survey of Swedish Industry. Journal of Engineering Design. Vol. 14, No 2, pp 129-143.

Arvidsson, M. (2003). Robust Design Experimentation and Dispersion Effects. Chalmers University of Technology – Department of Quality Sciences, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Bergman, B., Gremyr, I. and Kroslid, D. (2004). Designing the Design for Six Sigma Process., 2004-10-22

Box, George E.P. (1988). Signal-to-Noise Ratios, Performance Criteria, and Transformation. Technometrics, Vol. 30, No 1, pp 1-40.

Box, George E.P. (1999). Statistics as a Catalyst to Learning by Scientific Method Part II – A Discussion. Journal of Quality Technology, Vol. 31, No 1, pp. 16-29.

Creveling, Clyde M., Slutsky, J.L. and Antis, Jt. D. (2003). Design for Six Sigma in Technology and Product Development, Prentice Hall PTR

Dehnad, Khosrow (1988). Quality Control, Robust Design, and the Taguchi Method, Wadsworth & Brooks/Cole.

Dunsmore, W. G Pitts. S M Lewis. C J Sexton. C P Please. and P J Carden (1997), Developing methodologies for robust mechanical engineering design, Proceeding of IMechE conference 1997
Fowlkes, Willam Y. and Creveling, Clyde M. (1995). Engineering Methods for Robust Design: Using Taguchi Methods in Technology and Product Development, Addison-Wesley

Goh, TN. (1993). Taguchi Methods: Some Technical, Cultural and Pedagogical Perspectives, Quality and Reliability Engineering International, Vol. 9, pp 185-202

Hasenkamp, T. and Küçüközdemir, M.A. (2003) Manageing Reliability Growth in Product Development at Volvo Truck Corporation (Master’s Thesis). Gothenburg: Chalmers University of Technology – Department of Quality Sciences.

Hynén, Anders (1996). On the Application of Experimental Design in Robust Design Engineering. Disseration No. 466, Linköping, Linköpings University – Division of Quality Technology and Management.

Kackar, R.N. (1985). Off-Line Quality Control, Parameter Design, and The Taguchi Method. Quality Control, Robust Design and the Taguchi Method, edited by Khosrow Dehnad, American Society for Quality Control.

Kackar, R.N. (1986). Taguchi’ Quality Philosophy: Analysis and Commentary, An introduction to and Interpretation of Taguchi’s Idea. Quality Control, Robust Design and the Taguchi Method, edited by Khosrow Dehnad, American Society for Quality Control.

Kenzo, Ueno and Shih-Chung, Tsai (1997). Company-Wide Implementations of Robust-Technology Development, ASME Press, USA

Lee, D.J. and Thornton A.C. (1996). The Identification and Use of Key Characteristics in The Product Development Process, Proceedings of The 1996 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers in Engineering Conference, California, August 18-22

León, R.V. and Shoemaker, A.C. (1989). Glossary of Terms Used in Robust Design. Quality Control, Robust Design and The Taguchi Method, USA, AT&T

Park, S.H. (1996). Robust Design and Analysis for Quality Engineering, Chapman & Hall
Peace G., Stuart (1993). Taguchi Methods, Addison Wesley

Phadke, M.S. (1989). Quality Engineering Using Robust Design, Prentice Hall

Roy, R.K. (1990). A Primer on the Taguchi Method. Van Nostrand Reinhold

Saitoh, K., Yoshizawa, M., Tatebayashi, K., Doi, M. (2003a). A study about how to implement quality engineering in research and development (Part 1). Journal of Quality Engineering Society 11: 100-107.

Saitoh, K., Yoshizawa, M., Tatebayashi, K., Doi, M. (2003b). A study about how to implement quality engineering in research and development (Part 2). Journal of Quality Engineering Society 11: 64-69.

Sii, HS, Ruxton, T, Wang, J (2001). Taguchi concepts and their applications in marine and offshore safety studies, Journal of Engineering Design, Vol. 12, No.4, pp. 331-358

Taguchi, G. and Phadke, M.S. (1984). Quality Engineering Through Design Optimization. IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, GLOBECOM ´84, Atlanta, GA, pp. 1106-1113

Taguchi, G. (1993). Taguchi on Robust Technology Developmet – Bringing Quality Engineering Upstream. New York, ASME Press.

Taguchi, G., Chowdhury S. and Taguchi, S. (2000). Robust Engineering. McGrawHill

Taguchi, G., Chowdhury S. and Wu, Y. (2005). Taguchi’s Quality Engineering Handbook. Wiley, USA.

Thornton, A.C. , Donnelly, S. and Ertan, B. (2000). More than Just Robust Design: Why Product Development Organizations Still Contend with Variation and its Impact on Quality, Research in Engineering Design. Vol.12, pp. 127-143

Thornton C. Anna (2004). Variation Risk Management: Focusing Quality Improvements in Product Development and Production. John Wiley & Son, New Jersey, USA

Sunday, April 23, 2006

My paper

You can find my paper on the implementation of Robust Design published in the proceeding of 35th International Conference of Computers and Industrial Engineering at Proceedings/PDF/099.pdf

Taguchi's Handbook

You may have probably found the recent book of Taguchi :

Taguchi, G., S. Chowdhury, et al. (2005). Taguchi's quality engineering handbook. Hoboken, N.J.
Livonia, Mich., John Wiley

It is a good referecne. With a comprehensive opening chapters about the philosophy of Robust Design and huge number of case studies.

blog launch

I am happy to launch this blog to help researchers and practitioners to exchange thoughts and ideas on Robust Design.

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