e-Learning: Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA)

Programme overview

By the end of this e-Learning (on-line training) course participants will understand the nature and types of variation present in measurement systems and be able to conduct measurement system analysis (MSA) studies on ‘variable’ and ‘attribute’ gauges including visual/workmanship inspection.

This course meets in full the requirements of the now superseded AS13003 standard, and the requirements of AS13100 (Chapter C 21.7) and RM13003 Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA).

This e-Learning course is intended for individuals needing to demonstrate competency and qualification as an MSA practitioner, with responsibility for deployment of AS13100 requireements for MSA.

Other individuals who have found this course useful are quality engineers wishing to participate in MSA (GR&R) studies, 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 practical e-Learning course is highly interactive and uses Quizzes, Tests and Exercises to empower participants to select appropriate gauges and test their suitability for production inspection use.

Assessment of knowledge and skills is achieved through structured exercises in which participants plan and undertake a battery of MSA studies. Worked examples are used to ensure that AS13003 requirements and best practice are fully understood and used in the correct manner. Skills are practiced and checked using exercises undertaken by students. Detailed instruction in the use of the statistical software package Minitab® is included.

Programme details

Course introduction

Standard/guidance, statistical analysis software and terminology

  • AS13003 standard (requirements) and guidance documents
  • Statistical analysis software package (Minitab® 19)
  • Quiz: definitions of terminology
  • Quiz: definitions of MSA-related terminology
  • Interpreting measurements, data types and measurement results
  • Test: Identifying different data types

Types of gauges & fixtures

  • Manual (hand) gauges
  • Shadow graph
  • Coordinate measuring machine (CMM)
  • Personal assignment: measurements & gauges in use by your organization
  • Understanding the calibration ‘traceability chain’
  • Dealing with 'flexible' parts

Understanding measurement systems

  • Definition of a 'measurement system'
  • Understanding the ‘total’ measurement system
  • Test: Understanding potential sources of errors

Selecting & evaluating 'suitable' gauges

  • Determining gauge discrimination (resolution)
  • Case study: Assessing the accuracy ratio
  • Exercise: Assessing the accuracy ratio
  • Components of measurement variation
  • Quiz: Understanding measurement systems errors
  • Determining gauge Accuracy
  • Case study: Studying gauge linearity and bias
  • Exercise: Measuring gauge linearity and bias
  • Studying gauge stability
  • Case study: Studying gauge stability
  • Exercise: Studying gauge stability

Conducting a full MSA study (variables)

  • MSA stages & methodology
  • Type 1 Gauge Study (consistency)
  • Case Study: testing gauge for consistency
  • Exercise: Testing gauge for consistency
  • Gauge Repeatability & Reproducibility (GR&R) study
  • Conducting the GR&R study
  • Case Study: Gauge R & R study
  • Exercise: Gauge R & R study

Conducting an MSA study (attributes)

  • Understanding attribute (ordinal) data
  • Case study: Plug gauge agreement analysis
  • Exercise: Plug gauge agreement analysis
  • Case study: Attribute agreement analysis
  • Exercise: Attribute agreement analysis

Use of ‘read across’ results in MSA

  • Criteria for using ‘read across’ results in MSA
  • AS13003 applicability of MSA ‘read across’

Mitigation strategies for failed MSA results

  • Possible acceptance of MSA ‘failures’
  • Limitations of measurement

Mitigation for poor measurement methodology

  • Poor repeatability
  • Poor reproducibility

Mitigation strategies for flexible components and fixtures

  • Flexible components
  • Fixtures for securing flexible components
  • Personal assignment: Developing a pragmatic test procedure

MSA ‘triggers’ and ongoing evaluation

  • Identifying ‘triggers’ for an MSA study
  • Ongoing evaluation

Competence and QMS requirements

  • MSA requirements for training
  • QMS requirements for MSA process
  • Personal assignment: QMS MSA process

Programme benefits

Students successfully completing this e-learning course, and successfully undertaking the practical exercises, will receive a training certificate containing the TEC logo (recognised training provider).

Students who successfully complete the course will -

  • be confident in knowing that their MSA abilities meet the requirements for competency mandated by AS13100 and RM13003
  • be better equipped to maintain on-going compliance with AS13100/RM13003 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

Their organization will –

  • be confident that their newly qualified MSA practitioner have appropriate skills and can demonstrate competence
  • be able to demonstrate conformity to all elements of AS13003 to customers
  • know that the outcomes of their MSA studies will meet the expectations of aerospace/defence industry customers


Albert Einstein is claimed to have said –

"Example isn't another way to teach, it is the only way to teach"

This is the basis of all of our e-Learning courses!

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e-Learning: AS13003 – Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA)


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