Define and explain process capability.

Unit 5: Discussion

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Post your initial two (2) responses to topics below. Respond an additional three (3) times, with at least two responses to peer postings. There are a total of five (5) posts that are required per week.

  1. Initial Discussion Responses – Respond to two (2) discussion topics below by Thursday, 11:59 pm CT.
  2. Initial responses MUST be in separate posts. This allows classmates to respond to individual questions and ensures accurate post count each week. DO NOT answer two distinct discussion questions in one post.
  3. Responses to Peers/Topic – Complete three (3) response posts as prescribed below by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT.
  4. Two (2) posts that interact with a classmate’s post with originality and thoroughness
  5. One (1) additional post that will be the students’ option. The options are:
  6. One (1) additional post to a discussion question, or
  7. One (1) additional peer response, or
  8. The student may choose to post a question that they have concerning the topic. This option will promote a “classroom” environment where student’s may ask general questions and seek peer responses.

At the discretion of the instructor, points will be taken off any response that does not fulfill all of these goals. Late points will be deducted according to the standard late submission policy.

See the grading rubric for details on complete response requirements.

Due Date

First post due 11:59 p.m., Thursday, CT. Respond to two or more classmates by 11:59 p.m., Sunday, CT.


  1. What is the purpose of statistical process control? Why is it important?
  2. Define and explain process capability. What are the capability indexes? Define Cp, Cpk,Cpl, and Cpu.
  3. What are control charts? How are control charts for variables different from those for attributes?
  4. What are the steps for constructing a control chart? What data is needed? How is it used?
  5. Select an attribute chart and describe its purpose, importance and the steps in construction.
  6. Select a variables chart and describe its purpose, importance and the steps in construction.
  7. What are the seven rules for determining if a process in in control? Define and explain their use.

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