Title: Density forecasting for failure probability in manufacturing

Authors: Ilmari Juutilainen; Satu Tamminen; Juha Röning

Addresses: Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4500 FI-90014, Finland ' Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4500 FI-90014, Finland ' Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4500 FI-90014, Finland

Abstract: Density forecasting is a subfield of multivariate regression aimed at accurate prediction of full conditional distributions. This article presents methods for improving product quality by deploying density forecast-based failure probability predictors that predict the risk of failure to meet the requirements of qualification tests and specification limits. Algorithms that efficiently deploy failure probability predictors in target optimisation problems and in process monitoring, planning and control operations are provided. In one of the three case applications, density forecast methods decreased production costs more efficiently than the reference method, i.e., point prediction for mean. In two case applications, density forecast methods did not provide additional value. To promote exploitation of density forecasting, the article presents ideas and prototype implementations for integrating density forecast-based failure probability predictors into software applications employed to improve the production efficiency of manufacturing processes. [Received 17 March 2013; Revised 22 October 2013; Revised 8 March 2014; Accepted 6 April 2014]

Keywords: applied probability; manufacturing industry; quality control; failure probability; failure prediction; probability density function; density forecasting.

DOI: 10.1504/EJIE.2015.070320

European Journal of Industrial Engineering, 2015 Vol.9 No.4, pp.432 - 449

Available online: 02 Jul 2015 *

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