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SPC Fundamentals

Location: DataNet Quality Systems Headquarters

Length: 1 day

What will the attendee take away from this training?

  • A better understanding of SPC fundamentals
  • An ability to interpret Control charts, Histograms and Pareto charts
  • Skill in calculating and interpreting Cp, Cpk and other statistics
  • Confidence in choosing the right SPC chart for a data set

Who should attend this training?

  • Anyone interested in learning the basics of SPC.
  • Anyone who expects to pursue more advanced SPC application or process improvement training


  • None
  • Students are required to bring a calculator.

Course outline

  • What is SPC?
  • SPC - History
  • Why SPC?
  • The 7 SPC tools
  • Check Sheets
  • Pareto Charts
    • The 80/20 Rule
    • Different types of Pareto
      • Pareto based on numbers
      • Pareto based on cost
    • How to use Pareto for prioritization?
  • Cause and Effect diagram
    • Brainstorming
    • How to construct the Fishbone diagram?
  • Control charts
    • Data and data types
      • Discrete data
      • Continuous data
    • Understanding sample size and subgroups
    • Common and assignable cause
    • Difference between Specification, control and warning limits
    • Variable – Xbar-R, Xbar-S, X-MR
    • Attribute – p, np, u, c
    • What are runs, trends, cycles? What do they indicate?
    • Choosing the right control chart for a data set
  • Histogram
    • Standard Deviation
    • What does the distribution indicate?
  • Process Capability Studies
    • How to calculate Cp, Cpk, Pp, Ppk?
    • What do the indices tell about process capability?
  • Scatter diagram
    • Types of relations
    • Correlation Analysis
  • What SPC tool(s) should you use during process improvements?
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of an SPC implementation
  • How can you make SPC work for you?
  • How can WinSPC help with your SPC needs?