Minitab Training for Manufacturing Quality Coming to Vancouver August 14

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Minitab Inc., the leading provider of software for quality improvement, will offer public training sessions for professionals in the Vancouver area August 14-17.

Minitab Inc. will offer its Manufacturing Quality training series August 14-17, 2012, in Vancouver, Canada.

Minitab Inc. will offer its Manufacturing Quality training series August 14-17, 2012, in Vancouver, Canada.

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 Vancouver area will have the opportunity to refine their skills by attending public training sessions offered by Minitab Inc. in August.

Minitab, the leading provider of software for quality improvement and statistics education, will offer its Manufacturing Quality training series August 14-17 at CTC, 1155 West Pender Street, Suite 650, Vancouver, BC V6E 2P4.

The series consists of four day-long courses:    

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

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 four days of training costs $1700; registration for individual sessions is also available. People who register for two or more days of training and pay before July 15, 2012 receive a 10% early-bird discount. In addition, two or more people from the same organization receive a 5% discount if they register before August 14. 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.

Luis Mateo, Minitab technical training specialist, will be the instructor for the Vancouver sessions. "When I teach people to use Minitab, I avoid lots of unnecessary theoretical jargon," he says. "My goals for them when they finish the course are to know how to use the software at their jobs and to feel confident doing their own analyses."

Mateo earned his B.A. in Physics from Colgate University in 1995 and his M.A. in Applied Statistics from Columbia University in 1998. He has more than seven years of experience applying statistics to improve the quality of consumer products at global companies such as Colgate-Palmolive, Unilever Research and Pepsi Co. As a multi-lingual statistician (English, Spanish and Portuguese), Luis has helped international laboratories implement experimental designs and statistical methods of analyses.

The skills covered in the four 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.

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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