Measurement Systems Analysis (1 day)

Part of Six Sigma Program.


Dr. Wayne A. Taylor

Course Description

Teaches how to evaluate and improve measurement systems including how to perform gage R&R, stability, linearity and reproducibility studies. Also covered are the conversion from attributes to variables, rounding errors, and how to handle destructive testing and attribute inspections.  It covers the contents of STAT-08, Statistical Techniques for Test Method Validation, of the book Statistical Procedures for the Medical Device Industry.  Further information can be found in the book Optimization & Variation Reduction in Quality in Part II: Measurement.   It describes where the measurement tools fit into the Six Sigma Design and Six Sigma Improvement processes. 

What You Will Learn

  • Components of measurement error such as precision, accuracy, repeatability, intermediate precision and reproducibility.
  • How to Perform a Gage R&R Study.
  • Variations of the tradition Gage R&R study.
  • Selecting acceptance criteria and justifications.
  • How to perform other measurement studies like stability and linearity.
  • How to handle destructive tests.
  • How to handle attribute inspections.
  • Covers many special topics like rounding rules, calibration, etc.

Primary Audience

All scientist, engineers and other technical staff.

Course Outline


  • Introduction
  • Metrology Terminology
  • Effects of Measurement Error
  • Gage Stability Study
  • Gage R&R Study – 1 Part
  • Gage R&R Study – Multiple Parts


  • Acceptance Criteria
  • Gage Linearity Study
  • Destructive Test
  • Attribute Inspections
  • Rounding Errors
  • Calibration
  • Conversion From Attributes
  • Summary


  • Minitab



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