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Statistical Process Control in Ceramic Processing



April 23-24, 2017 |   April 23 — 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; and April 24 — 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  | Sheraton Cleveland Airport, Cleveland, Ohio  

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



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April 7, 2017


April 7, 2017

Attendee $650 $775


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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 has been developed into 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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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

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