Title: Understanding multistage experiments

Authors: Chumpol Yuangyai; Dennis K.J. Lin

Addresses: Department of Industrial Engineering, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology, Ladkrabang, Bangkok 10520, Thailand ' Department of Statistics, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA

Abstract: Current advanced manufacturing processes are composed of multiple complex stages which prohibit experimenters from conveniently employing traditional statistical experimental designs due to restrictions on randomisation. In this paper, we demonstrate, and summarise how split plot design and its variants have been used for multistage experimentation, and present several multistage experiment scenarios with comments for practitioners and researchers.

Keywords: process configuration; robust parameter design; RPD; split block; split plot design; multistage experiments; advanced manufacturing.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEDPO.2013.059652

International Journal of Experimental Design and Process Optimisation, 2013 Vol.3 No.4, pp.384 - 409

Received: 04 May 2013
Accepted: 07 Aug 2013

Published online: 02 Jul 2014 *

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