Statistics in ASTM Standard Test Method Development, Application, and Quality Assurance

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    About the Course

    This class provides detailed methodology on how to set up Statistical Control Charts relevant to test method performance monitoring over time as per ASTM D6299. Industry standard test performance metrics such as repeatability, reproducibility, site precision, and associated business applications will be presented. The course will be conducted in a classroom setting with hands-on practice of setting up and interpretation of statistical control charts from a variety of quality control testing results. Special techniques dealing with quality control material transition, accrual of control chart statistics over time, non-normal data, and inadequate measurement resolution will be covered.

    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this course you will be able to:

    • Articulate the core principles and concepts associated with statistical 'thinking'
    • Explain the concepts and differences for the following data quality metrics: repeatability, reproducibility, site precision, bias
    • Apply ASTM repeatability, reproducibility, site precision, and bias to accept or reject test results and make product quality compliance decisions
    • List the implicit assumptions when using these quality metrics to judge the trustworthiness of test results
    • Quantify the statistical confidence and risks associated with decisions made based on these data quality metrics
    • Explain the primary purpose of a control chart
    • Articulate the basic premise, statistical bases and limitations of a control chart
    • Outline the steps associated with setting up and regular use of control charts
    • Construct I / MR / EWMA control charts as per ASTM D6299
    • Set decision limits based on concepts of false alarms and missed signals
    • Examine control charts and decide on the in-control status of a test method
    • Statistically combine the cumulated control chart data over time to obtain long term test method performance statistic baselines
    • Design a quality control program for test method performance surveillance
    • Avoid the common errors and misconceptions associated with the set up and deployment of statistical control charts.

    Who Should Attend

    • Lab technicians
    • Lab QA/QC personnel
    • Lab managers
    • Personnel involved with product quality assurance and regulatory compliance testing

    Course Description

    Registration: 8:00 am-8:30 am on 1st day
    Class: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days

    Since measurement data is a fundamental enabler to all aspects of business improvement, having a fundamental understanding of data quality, how to design and execute control chart work processes to ensure data quality, and the implicit uncertainties associated with measurement data can significantly enhance business process improvement initiatives. Understanding test method performance behavior from control charts can lead to correct decisions as to when to adjust and when not to adjust test methods, which can improve laboratory operations efficiency, reduce waste, and assures the test data produced are fit-for-use and defensible.

    Day 1

    Precision Fundamentals

    • Overview of the Normal distribution and standard deviation concepts
    • Provide simple explanation on the meaning of test method repeatability (r), reproducibility (R), and site precision (R')
    • how r & R are estimated using ILS
    • How r & R information is presented in ASTM test methods
    • Simple applications of r, R, R'

    Bias Fundamentals

    • Various forms of Bias
    • Site Expected Value (SEV) & Accepted Reference Value (ARV)
    • Review ASTM ILCP outputs
    • Bias assessment for a laboratory

    Day 2

    • Review key precision and bias concepts from Day I
    • Data quality & site precision (R') basics
    • The primary purpose of a control chart
    • The basic premises & statistical bases of a control chart
    • Concepts of false alarm versus missed signal, and power of detection
    • Limitations of a control chart
    • Set up and regular use of control charts
    • Hands-on practice on control chart set up using D6299 spreadsheet
    • Hands-on practice on interpretation of control charts
    • Hands-on assessment of participant-supplied data
    • What should be done with the cumulated control chart data
    • QC material transition from one batch to another
    • How to handle non-normal data
    • Review of ASTM D6299-13 Standard Practice for Applying Statistical Quality Assurance and Control Charting Techniques to Evaluate Analytical Measurement System Performance
    • General Q & A Wrap Up for Day I and II

    Referenced Documents

    ASTM D6299-13 Standard Practice for Applying Statistical Quality Assurance and Control Charting Techniques to Evaluate Analytical Measurement System Performance

    Please note the Control Chart is not included with this course.

    Fee Includes

    • Referenced document(listed above)
    • Course notes
    • Certificate Of Attendance
    • 1.4 CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
    • Coffee breaks

    About the Instructor

    Alex T. Lau is the Chairman of ASTM D02.94 Subcommittee on Quality Assurance and Statistics, D02.01.0B on Precision, and Vice Chair of Subcommittee D02.25 on Validation of Process Stream Analyzer Systems. He has 35 years experience in Petroleum Refining Industry. An ASTM International member since 1990, he is also an active member of Committees E11 on Quality and Statistics. He retired from Imperial Oil, Canada (an ExxonMobil affiliate), and formed his own consulting company (TCL-Consulting). His career focus specialized in gasoline and diesel fuel blending, direct blend to pipeline and ships, on-line process analyzer applications, statistical techniques for quality assurance and process improvement, development and implementation of industry standards.

    He is the recipient of the ASTM International Award of Merit, ASTM D02 Scroll of Achievement, and several Awards of Excellence. Lau was cited "for outstanding contributions in Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants and Coordinating Subcommittee D02.94 on Quality Assurance and Statistics toward standards development, both as an individual contributor and leader."

    He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor's degree in Applied Science and Engineering Physics. Outside of ASTM International, Lau is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) and the American Society for Quality (ASQ). He is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario, Canada, and an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer. He is also the Convener of ISO TC28 / WG2 on Statistics.

    About Sponsoring Committee

    Organized in 1898, ASTM is one of the world's largest voluntary standards development organizations. ASTM standards have grown to be among the world's most widely used and accepted documents. The 82-volume Annual Book of ASTM Standards contain 11,000 standards written by 34,000 members on our 140 technical committees. Committee D02 on Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels, and Lubricants developed the standards used in this course. For more information, contact Alyson Fick at (610) 832-9710 or go to our D02 technical committee page.

    ASTM Membership

    Attend this course and receive a FREE 1-year membership to ASTM International and Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants. (Applies to new members only and may not be used to renew existing memberships.)

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    How Learning Will Be Assessed

    Learning will be assessed through a series of question and answer sessions.

    Questions About This Course

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    Attendee Praise

    Praise from recent attendees of the course:

    • Brilliant instructor -- kept class very engaged on a subject that could have been otherwise overwhelming or mind numbing."
    • "The hands-on experience utilizing the control chart reinforced the learning topics and allowed for a better understanding."
    • "All topics were extremely valuable. Best were site precision (bias), SEV."
    • "Instructor very engaging."
    • "Alex did a great job of teaching this course and relating the material to the class. (I wished he had taught my college stats class years ago.)"
    • "Course was outstanding. Good information throughout."
    • "Alex has a great sense of humor! The humor kept me engaged in the topics of the class."

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