Path of Ascent! "A production line's success story through the use of designed experiments."

by Eugenio G. Ballarin



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/8/2003

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x10.5
Page Count : 100
ISBN : 9781412001229

About the Book

Profitability is the key to any production line's existence, and to maintain profitability, production processes must continually improve. As products change, the production lines must adapt quickly, often drastically. This stressful metamorphosis leads to one inevitable result: drastic inefficiencies. To assure the success of a new production line, one must optimize the production processes as quickly as possible.

But how do you optimize a world with dozens of factors in a matter of a few weeks? The key is methodology, and specifically, a methodology called Design of Experiments (DOE). This "art" is the result of years of research by ingenious statisticians, and its application is finding uses in varied fields such as advertising, marketing and product design.

This book narrates the story of Luc, an orchid farmer that finds that his orchid greenhouses are continually less profitable. After much contemplation, Luc decides to change his principal crop from the standard orchid to the highly praised 'African Sunset' orchid. Unfortunately, this beautiful flower is a headache to cultivate and requires completely different growing conditions than his previous orchids. After a couple of disastrous attempts to characterize the cultivation of this exotic orchid with what might be considered "conventional" experimental techniques (changing one variable at a time and seeing what happens), Luc decides to get help for his project.

Help comes thanks to Stefan, an experienced statistician, who helps Luc over the pitfalls of characterizing a complex multi-variable process. Through their amusing dialogues and experiences, the reader is lead through the practice of the art of Design of Experiments.

About the Author

Eugenio Ballarin has over ten years experience working as a process engineer in the semiconductor and chemical industries, and this work is the synthesis of his cumulative experience using designed experimentation. Having been vastly impressed by the results obtained using the DOE methodology, it was his wish to popularize it for all production engineers and managers. Eugenio is currently employed as a process engineer in the semiconductor industry, working in Italy. To contact him directly you can send an email to: