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Statistical Process Control in Ceramic Processing


April 29-30, 2018 |   April 29—9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; and April 30—9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.  | Marriott Cleveland Airport, Cleveland, Ohio  



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Distance to IX Center: 7 miles

Rate $134.00/night + tax

ACerS Headquarters Hotel

Host to the Ceramics Expo Welcome Reception, Monday, April 30th, including one (1) complimentary drink

Complimentary Shuttle to/from IX Center

Complimentary in-room Wi-Fi

Complimentary self-parking (usually $8/car/night)



Instructor: Carl E. Frahme, Frahme Consulting Services, principal; University of Kansas, Materials Science adjunct professor


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Join industry expert Carl E. Frahme for this introduction into statistical process control (SPC) and then its application to ceramic processing. Covering the basics of SPC, Frahme offers an academic approach into an industry applicable topic.


“The direct application to ceramic processing was helpful to bring SPC concepts to my real-life job”—2017 SPC short course attendee


Other industry members who attended last year’s course mentioned the course was not only applicable to ceramic processing, but also other industries. This course is run in conjunction with Ceramics Expo 2018.


ACerS Targeted Learning Workshops are sponsored by ACerS Manufacturing Division


Course Description 

This course will provide an introduction to statistical process control (SPC) and then its application to ceramic processing. SPC offers a powerful set of tools to monitor each step in a manufacturing process to help keep it in control. The overall goal is to lower losses, improve productivity, lower production costs, improve product quality, and improve profits all at the same time. SPC tools allow one to observe when a process undergoes change, whether good or bad, and then to take steps to regain control or to analyze the causes of change, with the goal of preserving improvements. Rather than inspecting quality into production, the aim is to control each process step along the overall process and thus prevent problems from escalating downstream.


Applying SPC to ceramic processing requires not only a knowledge of SPC, but also of the basics of each step in ceramic processing. While this course will not delve deeply into the details of ceramic processing, it will discuss them enough to illustrate how SPC can be utilized. A number of examples will be discussed. The topic of continual improvement will be discussed, using SPC and design of experiments to continually make incremental or large improvements.


Course Outline:

Course introduction
         Course outline and instructor information
         History and perspective on process control
Statistics and statistical process control
        Statistical basics and statistical distributions
        Run charts
        Control charts
        Regression and correlation analysis
        Process improvement
        Design of experiments
        Six Sigma
SPC applied to ceramic and glass processing
        Raw materials
        Material preparation
                Spray drying
                Slip preparation
        Forming operations
                Pressure fabrication (dry pressing)
                Plastic forming
                Slip casting
        Glass processing
        Finished ware inspection
        Following ware through the production process
Continual improvement

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March 29, 2018

ACerS Member  $775 $925
Nonmember $875 $1025
Student $525 $625

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If you have questions about registration, please contact Customer Service at 866-721-3322 (option 6) or 1-240-646-7054.



Instructor Biography


Carl E. Frahme, Ph.D. has fifty years of industrial, consulting, and education experience. He currently teaches at the University of Kansas. He was co-founder of Ceramic Correspondence Institute, with ten derivative courses in ceramic technology online under the auspices of ASM International and The American Ceramic Society and four courses online with University of Kansas Professional and Continuing Education. He has been an instructor at UCLA, Pasadena City College, and the Center for Professional Advancement. He holds a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Case Institute of Technology (now Case Western Reserve) and a Ph.D. in Ceramic science and engineering from Rutgers- The State University. He is a Fellow of The American Ceramic Society.



Cancellation Policy

ACerS reserves the right to cancel a course up to 4 weeks before the scheduled presentation date. Please contact ACerS customer service at 1-866-721-3322 or 1-240-646-7054 to confirm that the course is happening before purchasing your airline tickets. ACerS is not responsible for the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets or the cancellation/change fees associated with canceling a flight.


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