Measuring manufacturing capability based on lower confidence bounds of Cpmk applied to current transmitter process

W.l. Pearn*, Ming Hung Shu

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Several process capability indices, including Cp, C pk, and Cpm, have been proposed to provide numerical measures on manufacturing potential and actual performance. Combining the advantages of those indices, a more advanced index Cpmk is proposed, taking the process variation, centre of the specification tolerance, and the proximity to the target value into account, which has been shown to be a useful capability index for manufacturing processes with two-sided specification limits. In this paper, we consider the estimation of Cpmk, and we develop an efficient algorithm to compute the lower confidence bounds on C pmk based on the estimation, which presents a measure on the minimum manufacturing capability of the process based on the sample data. We also provide tables for practitioners to use in measuring their processes. A real-world example of current transmitters taken from a microelectronics device manufacturing process is investigated to illustrate the applicability of the proposed approach. Our implementation of the existing statistical theory for manufacturing capability assessment bridges the gap between the theoretical development and the in-plant applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-125
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 17 Feb 2004


  • Lower confidence bound
  • Process capability index

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