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A single-featured EWMA-X control chart for detecting shifts in process mean and standard deviation

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The combined EWMA-X chart is a commonly used tool for monitoring both large and small process shifts. However, this chart requires calculating and monitoring two statistics along with two sets of control limits. Thus, this study develops a single-featured EWMA-X (called SFEWMA-X) control chart which has the ability to simultaneously monitor both large and small process shifts using only one set of statistic and control limits. The proposed SFEWMA-X chart is further extended to monitoring the shifts in process standard deviation. A set of simulated data are used to demonstrate the proposed chart's superior performance in terms of average run length compared with that of the traditional charts. The experimental examples also show that the SFEWMA-X chart is neater and easier to visually interpret than the original EWMA-X chart.
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Keywords: ARL; EWMA; control chart; process shift detection

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Industrial Engineering and Management,National Taipei University of Technology, 1, Section 3, Chung-Hsiao E. RoadTaipei10608, Taiwan, Republic of China

Publication date: November 1, 2011

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