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A design concept that satisfies
axioms one and two overcomes the
design's conceptual vulnerabilities.

FIGURE 2

Manufacturing process requiring a
control system

A poor design concept

Chemical B

Reactor

Chemical A

FIGURE 3

Coupling design concept

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FR1 = A11 × DP1 + A12 × DP2
FR 2 = A 21 × DP1 + A 22 × DP2

Chemical B

DP2

DP1

Continuing the example from earlier,
the first design concept the design
team proposes to the customer is
to install a valve on each pipe that
carries chemicals A and B to the
reactor, as illustrated in Figure 3. In
this design, the first DP is valve one
turning and the second DP is valve
two turning.
Based on the data from regression
analysis and design of experiment
(DoE), the design team develops
transfer functions that correlate FRs
and DPs:
FR1
DP1
A A12
= 11
FR 2
DP2
A 21 A 22
In a matrix, numbers are arranged
in rows and columns. Multiplying
two matrixes is possible only when
the number of columns in the left
matrix-the coefficient matrix in this
example-is the same as the number
of rows in the right matrix-the DP
matrix. The equation above can be
separated into two equations:

Reactor

If the customer turns either valve
one or valve two to change the total
flow rate of A + B (FR1), it inevitably
changes the A/B ratio (FR 2), as well.
Therefore, FRs in this design concept are not independent from each
other-they are coupled with each
other. This design lacks robustness
at the conceptual level because it
violates axiom one. The sign of a
coupling design is a full or almost full
coefficient matrix in its matrix transfer
function equation.

Chemical A

The improved design
DP = design parameter

To uncouple the two FRs, the design
team develops a new design concept
in which there is a 1:1 relationship
between FRs and DPs. In this concept,

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - February 2018

Seen and Heard
Expert Answers
Progress Report
Mr. Pareto Head
Career Coach
Office Efficiency
The Crown Jewels of Design
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Less Is More
ASQ 2018 Six Sigma Resource Guide
Standard Issues
Six Sigma Solutions
Statistics Spotlight
Marketplace
Footnotes
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