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Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA) - Face to Face

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Course overview

By the end of this interactive course and workshop participants will understand the nature and types of variation present in shop-floor gauges and be able to conduct MSA (measurement system analysis) studies on variable & attribute gauges and visual inspection (i.e. gauge R&R studies).

This course meets in full the requirements of the now superseded AS13003 standard, and the requirements of AS13100 (Chapter C 21.7) and RM13003 Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA) reference manual.

Assessment of learning is achieved through structured exercises and ‘hands-on’ workshops in which participants plan and undertake MSA studies. The tutors provide facilitation, feedback and advisement to ensure that AS13003 requirements and best practice is fully understood and used.

All participants attending the ‘public courses’ are requested to bring along 10 (ten) components, the relevant inspection gauge, and the specification of at least one characteristic (i.e. the nominal and upper/lower tolerances). This will ensure that all participants will have successfully undertaken at least one GR&R study during the course, and will be able to demonstrate competency.

Albert Einstein is claimed to have said – "Example isn't another way to teach, it is the only way to teach"

TEC use and recommend Minitab statistical software.

The 2-day course is highly interactive and uses a Case Studies, group exercises and ‘hands-on’ MSA workshops. The course timings are -

  • Day-1: 08:30 – 17:00

  • Day-2: 08:30 – 17:00

Course details

This course is delivered over 2 consecutive days by an experienced MSA Practitioner with continual assessment and feedback provided by the tutor.

Course topics include –

Concepts of measurement system variation

  • Understanding characteristics and measurements

  • Determining what needs to be measured

  • Understanding variation in monitoring and measuring devices (i.e. gauges)

  • Review of the ‘types’ of variation

Measurement system variation

  • Understanding and classifying the different types of measurement system variation –

  • Bias, Stability, Linearity

  • Repeatability & Reproducibility

  • Gauge R & R

  • Sensitivity, Consistency, Uniformity,

  • Capability and Performance

Minimum requirements for MSA

  • AS13003 minimum requirements for MSA

  • Dealing with high process capability

Measurement system study preparations

  • Using ‘SWIPE’ – the 6-elements

  • Understanding the ‘total’ measurement system

  • Determining the impact of measurement on characteristics being measured!

  • Gauges and reference values

Guidelines for the variable measurement system study

  • Establishing the key elements of a MSA (gauge R&R) study –

  • Stability

  • Bias

  • Linearity

  • Repeatability & Reproducibility

Conducting the MSA study

  • This 'hands-on' session takes up most of Day #2

  • Planning and undertaking the MSA (gauge R&R) study

  • Workshop

  • Case study – collect the data

  • Analysing the results

  • Using Minitab

Analysis of results – types of error

  • Location error – defined by analyzing bias and linearity

  • Width error – defined in terms of the percentage of the manufacturing variability or the tolerance that is consumed by the measurement system variation

  • Causes of variation – the gauge

  • Causes of variation – the appraiser

Interpreting the results – graphically

  • Average chart – “stacked” plus Average chart – “un-stacked”

  • Range chart – “stacked” plus Range chart – “un-stacked”

  • Run chart, Scatter plot, Whiskers chart, Error chart

  • Normalized histogram

  • X-Y plot of averages by size – Comparison X-Y plots

  • Highlighting specific weaknesses in a gauging system and making improvements

Guidelines for the attribute measurement system study

  • The perfect attribute gauge – an actual attribute gauge

  • Short method

  • Repeatability – Appraiser vs. ‘Standard’

  • Interpreting the results and making improvements

MSA is an ongoing activity

  • MSA applications

  • On-going evaluation

  • Organization and competence requirements

  • QMS requirements for MSA process

TEC's tutors are all experienced MSA Practitioners with many years’ experience conducting MSA studies the automotive, aerospace and defence sectors.

The ‘hands-on’ MSA workshops the students use sample parts and gaugessupplied by their own components.

Who should attend

Individuals needing to demonstrate competency and qualification as MSA practitioners, with responsibility for deployment of AS13003 and respective compliance.

Individuals wishing to participate in MSA (GR&R) studies.

Quality professionals who design and document inspection and test processes - with particular relevance to AS9145 (APQP & PPAP).

Other individuals who have found this course useful are six sigma practitioners, team leaders and supervisors in aerospace/defence organizations, who are looking to broaden their awareness of quality tools in order to understand how they can improve overall business effectiveness.

This is a TEC "Practitioner" course – consequently it incorporates "train-the-trainer".

Deliverables & benefits

The qualification gained will be recognized by the global aero engine manufacturers.

Individual who successfully complete the course will -

  • be confident in knowing that their MSA abilities meet the requirements for competency mandated by AS13003

  • be better equipped to maintain on-going compliance with AS13003 requirements

  • identify weaknesses in their organization’s QMS documented process for MSA – and be able to address shortcomings

  • be able to accrue IRCA CPD points because of the highly structured nature of this course

Because students are requested to bring along 10 (ten) components, the relevant inspection gauge, and the specification of at least one characteristic (i.e. the nominal and upper/lower tolerances) their competency will be demonstrated during course, and they will return to their organizations with at least one GR&R study successfully completed and documented.

All students successfully completing the 2-day course will receive an individual training certificate containing the TEC Logo.

The organization will –

  • be confident that their nominated MSA practitioners have appropriate skills and can demonstrate competence

  • be able to demonstrate conformity to all elements of AS13003

  • know that the outcomes of their MSA studies will meet the expectations of aerospace/defence industry customers


Selecting products and gauges Handing parts at random to an inspector

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Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA)

Face to Face
12 Nov - 13 Nov 24


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