Crowdsourcing…

In my last post I invited comments on to help a reader launch ShortRun SPC in his company. I got some great responses, all of them unique and offering a slightly different perspective. They were scattered across a couple of sites and pages, or were buried in the...

Getting started with ShortRun SPC…

Some time ago I wrote a series of posts about ShortRun SPC. You can read them here, here, and here. Recently a reader added this gracious comment to one of the posts: Hi, Im working in a short run / high mix products metal mechanic process. Your articles are very...

Short Run SPC Example

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. I have four pictures – and I’ll still need a few words to explain them. Hang on for the ride… In the last two posts I’ve been talking about why Short Run SPC (Statistical Process Control) has been...

Short Run SPC Coding Methods

As described in this post, Short Run SPC (Statistical Process Control) relies on clever coding techniques to deal with the expected variation in a process. Once you strip out the expected variation, any variation you have left is the true variation of the process. You...

Short Run SPC

Lately I’ve been hearing more and more interest in Short Run SPC (Statistical Process Control). Maybe it’s because of the economy, or maybe it’s because more manufacturers are adopting lean production techniques with goals for Zero Setup Time....