Business Analytics Publication: Predicting Key Reliability Response with Limited Response Data

March 30, 2014

Dr. Frank M. Guess

Quality Engineering

March 2014, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 223-232

In this article, real-time process data are aligned in time order with periodic destructive test data on wood composite panel strength for the purpose of predictive modeling. Real-time predictive models of strength properties during product manufacture may reduce rework and scrap and avoid higher costs of unnecessary operating targets between the time periods of destructive strength samples. A modified principal component analysis (PCA) is used to develop an empirical model to predict the internal bond (IB) of particleboard (PB) based on a selected subset of process variables. These process variables are preselected by using variables correlated with IB. Our modified PCA is used on these selected standardized process variables to obtain transformed composite variables or modes. The 10 modes are reduced to three using correlation criteria and the three best modes are used to generate an empirical model to predict IB. Model results for the most often produced PB at the mill test site are presented in the article. The IB model generated from the selected variables has a root mean square error of prediction (RMSEP) for IB of 79.979 kPa, which represents a 20% RMSEP improvement for this manufacturing setting.

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Young, T. M., Clapp, N. E., Guess, F. M., & Chen, C. H. (2014). “Predicting Key Reliability Response with Limited Response Data.” Quality Engineering, 26(2), 223-232.