Minitab Training for Manufacturing Quality Coming to San Jose March 19

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Minitab, the leading provider of software for quality improvement, will offer public training sessions for professionals in the San Jose area March 19-26.

Minitab Inc. will offer its Manufacturing Quality training series March 19-26, 2013, in San Jose.

Minitab Inc. will offer its Manufacturing Quality training series March 19-26, 2013, in San Jose.

Minitab trainers are seasoned statisticians with years of experience implementing quality improvement projects.

In a highly competitive economy, keeping your skills sharp isn’t just an advantage—it’s a necessity. Quality improvement practitioners in the San Jose area will have the opportunity to refine their skills by attending public training sessions being offered by Minitab Inc. in March.

Minitab, the leading provider of software for quality improvement and statistics education, will offer its Manufacturing Quality training series March 19-26 at San Jose ExecuTrain, 2025 Gateway Place, Suite 390, San Jose, CA 95110.

The series consists of seven day-long courses:    

  •     Day 1: Introduction to Minitab
  •     Day 2: Basic Statistics
  •     Day 3: Statistical Quality Analysis
  •     Day 4: Factorial Designs
  •     Day 5: Introduction to Reliability
  •     Day 6: Advanced Reliability

The courses are tailored for professionals working in manufacturing companies, and course materials include examples with metrics such as diameters, pressure and hardness.

The full six days of training costs $2550; registration for individual sessions is also available. People who register for two or more days of training and pay before February 17, 2013 receive a 10% early-bird discount. In addition, two or more people from the same organization receive a 5% discount if they register before March 19. Registration is available online at

Minitab trainers are seasoned statisticians with years of experience implementing quality improvement projects. They make complex concepts easy to grasp, and are highly regarded for their engaging style and personal attention.

The skills covered in the six day-long courses are detailed below.

Introduction to Minitab
Participants learn to create, manipulate and restructure data, and how to create and interpret a wide variety of graphs and numerical measures useful for quality improvement initiatives. Topics include Charts, Histograms, Boxplots, Dotplots, Scatterplots, Tables, Measures of Location and Variation, and ODBC.

Basic Statistics
Participants learn to match appropriate statistical tools to their own applications and how to correctly interpret statistical output to quickly reveal problems or show evidence of improvement. Strong emphasis is placed on making good business decisions based on the practical application of statistics. Topics include t-Tests, Proportion Tests, Tests for Equal Variance, Power and Sample Size, Correlation, Simple Linear and Multiple Regression, ANOVA and GLM.

Statistical Quality Analysis
Participants learn the basic fundamentals of statistical process control and how these quality tools can provide the necessary evidence to improve and control manufacturing processes. Topics include Gage R&R, Destructive Testing, Gage Linearity and Bias, Attribute Agreement, Variables and Attribute Control Charts, Capability Analysis for Normal, Non-normal and Attribute Data.

Factorial Designs
Participants learn to generate full and fractional factorial designed experiments, then interpret and communicate results to improve products and processes, reduce process variation and expedite development projects. Topics include Design of Factorial Experiments, Normal Effects Plot and Pareto of Effects, Power and Sample Size, Main Effect, Interaction and Cube Plots, Center Points, Overlaid Contour Plots and Multiple Response Optimization.

Introduction to Reliability
Participants learn to determine lifetime characteristics of a product using both graphical and quantitative analysis methods. Participants explore the common distributions used to model failure rates and develop necessary skills in choosing models. Topics include Parametric and Nonparametric Distribution Analysis, Estimation and Demonstration Test Plans, Growth Curves, Multiple Failure Modes, Warranty Predictions and Weibayes Analysis.

Advanced Reliability
Participants learn to study and describe the impact explanatory variables have on product lifetime and how to use appropriate probability models to predict important lifetime product characteristics. Topics include Probit Analysis, Regression with Life Data, Accelerated Life Testing and Test Plans.

About Minitab
Minitab Inc. is one of the world’s leading developers of statistical and process improvement software. Thousands of distinguished companies use Minitab software, including Toshiba, DuPont, Boeing, Royal Bank of Scotland, Nestlé and Pfizer. Minitab products are backed by outstanding services, including training, e-learning opportunities 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.


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