Introduction to Design of Experiments (DOE)

Workshop Description

This dynamic seminar provides a comprehensive introduction to the use of powerful DOE techniques for improving and optimizing any product design or process. In just two days you will receive a solid introduction to proven approaches for identifying variables that significantly affect product and process performance and consistency. This lively and interactive workshop complements efforts to improve existing processes and also applies to new product and process development projects. 

During the program you will learn basic principles of design of experiment methods and their important connection to statistical process control techniques and other intermediate statistical tools. You will learn how to set up and run basic factorial and screening experiments; analyze experimental outcomes; identify significant effects on process performance and consistency; and select the right factors for future study or implementation. In various workshops you will plan, design, conduct and analyze experiments. 

At the end of this seminar you will know why DOE is recognized as a strategic initiative to help organizations remain competitive and profitable in this new economic age that demands consistency and "six sigma" quality. You will also appreciate why a working knowledge of DOE is turning out to be a critical skill set for all technical professionals and managers.

Workshop Topics

  • Concepts Review: Systems Theory, Variation, and Basic SPC Principles

  • DOE: Some Background and History

  • How DOE Differs from “Scientific Method” and Other Approaches to Experimentation

  • Advantages of Designed Experiments

  • Disadvantages of DOE

  • Factorial Designs

  • Screening Experiments: Fractional Factorial and Plackett-Burman Designs

  • Basic Procedure for Improving a System

  • Basic Procedure for Managing DOE

  • Final Exam: Participants will plan and design an experiment to be run in their organizations

Who Should Attend?

Engineers, scientists and technical managers and support staff in quality, production or process engineering and R & D. Others involved in design of new products or upgrading existing processes will also benefit from attending this seminar. This workshop is most beneficial when a team from your organization attends together.


"From Jim's course we developed a comprehensive yet manageable experiment to find the solution to a problem that had cost us dearly for more than a year.” — Ted Klimek, Lead Controls Engineer, American Superconductor Corp.

"This is the first Design of Experiments workshop I've attended that will likely change the way I do my work in a lasting and positive fashion.” — Richard Inman, Process Engineer, GTC Biotherapeutics

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