By Fred Schenkelberg
I often describe reliability work as we do everything quality does and we do it over time. Quality folks may disagree. What is not in dispute is work in reliability engineering we use a lot of different ‘quality’ tools. That is because many quality tools lend themselves to data analysis and problem-solving,
The 7 (maybe up to 9) basic quality tools provide a foundation for much of the reliability-related work we do on a daily basis. Having both awareness and mastery of these tools will enable you to quickly use basic tools to get a handle on the situation.
Let’s explore cause-and-effect diagrams, check sheets, control charts, histograms, Pareto charts, scatter diagrams, stratification, run charts, and flowcharts. What they are, how and when to use them, plus a few things to consider when using them.