Minitab Experts to Present at Institute of Industrial Engineers Annual Conference

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Experts from Minitab Inc., the leading provider of software for statistics education and quality improvement, will present at the 2013 Institute of Industrial Engineers Conference & Expo in San Juan, Puerto Rico May 19.

Experts from Minitab Inc., the leading maker of statistical software for quality improvement, will present at the annual Institute of Industrial Engineers Conference in San Juan.

Businesses hire industrial and systems engineers to develop and optimize complex processes, and also to assess the stability, predictability, and consistency of those processes. One of the most common and useful statistical tools for this type of an assessment is the control chart, which can reveal how a process varies over time.

To help industrial and systems engineers attending the Institute of Industrial Engineers Conference understand a probabilistic-based method for constructing control charts for non-normal data, Minitab experts Eduardo Santiago and Joel Smith will present "Control Charts for Non-normal Data with Supplementary Runs Rules" on May 19, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. at the Caribe Hilton. Their talk is part of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference sessions and will take place during the Quality and Reliability Engineering track.

Santiago, a Minitab technical training specialist, and Smith, a Minitab statistician and senior business development representative, will discuss examples from healthcare, including how the types of control charts mentioned can be applied to monitor the rate of infections and other adverse events.

“The time between events in a Poisson process is exponentially distributed,” says Santiago. “We’ll show how to adapt and apply the supplementary runs rules to identify if the process is out of control, and compare the performance of the proposed charts to existing methods.”

In addition, Santiago and Smith will discuss other models and how their proposed methodology can be generalized. “In our study, we compare the average run length of a stable process before and after applying process shifts of varying magnitudes,” Santiago says.

Minitab representatives will be on hand throughout the conference, as well as during the event’s expo, May 20-22 at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan. Attendees are invited to visit the Minitab booth to learn more about the company’s products and services, which also include training, statistical mentoring and free technical support.

Conference participants can connect with Minitab during the event and keep up-to-date with conference happenings on Twitter.

About Minitab
Minitab Inc. delivers software and services for statistics education and quality improvement. Thousands of distinguished companies use Minitab software, including Toshiba, DuPont, Boeing, Royal Bank of Scotland, Nestlé and Pfizer.

Minitab Statistical Software has been used in virtually every major Six Sigma initiative around the world, and is used to teach statistics in over 4,000 colleges and universities. Quality Companion is used worldwide to plan and execute Six Sigma projects. Quality Trainer is an online e-learning course that teaches statistics for quality improvement. All Minitab products are backed by outstanding services, including training and free technical support.

Minitab Inc., headquartered in State College, Pa., operates offices in the United Kingdom, France and Australia and has additional representatives throughout the world.

A free, fully functional, 30-day trial version of the company’s flagship product, Minitab 16 Statistical Software, is available at

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