The variation management framework (VMF): A unifying graphical representation of robust design

Thomas J. Howard*, Tobias Eifler, Søren Nygaard Pedersen, Simon Moritz Göhler, Srinivasa Murthy Boorla, M. E. Christensen

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Abstract

In this article a framework for robust design and variation management is proposed by combining central models to Robust Design, namely, the Quality Loss Function, the Transfer Function, and the Domains of Axiomatic Design. The Variation Management Framework (VMF) shows how variation can be mapped from production variation right through to the quality loss perceived by the customer for a single characteristic chain. Seven levers which can be activated to increase product quality are described and positioned on the VMF and variation metrics are proposed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalQuality Engineering
Volume29
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)563-572
ISSN0898-2112
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Quality engineering
  • Quality loss
  • Reliability engineering
  • Robust design
  • Variation management
  • VMF

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