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January 2021 PDM

January 28, 2021
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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APICS is joining ASQ this January to present Using DOE to Optimize an Automated Position Control System.

Current practices in teaching design of experiments (DOE) range from case studies presented to participants to using a computer-simulation program or even a process simulation such as a catapult. These methods, while sometimes engaging, lack a real-world application. In this presentation, a practical way to teach DOE will be demonstrated in an industrial system.

Electrohydraulic systems with the combination of hydraulic hardware and electronics have offered superior industrial applications in position, velocity, and force/torque control. The experiment will allow participants to identify the key factors affecting the system performance using design of experiments. The performance measures of the system are (1) Response time of the cylinder to a target setpoint position, and (2) Positioning error that reflects the deviation of current cylinder position from the target value.  The ultimate objective is to minimize both.

The aim of this presentation is to demonstrate a method for teaching DOE using a real-world application with two phases where participants will be able to (1) identify the parameters that significantly affect the system performance, and (2) Determine optimal settings for the system to perform consistently. Results of the experiments as well as participant feedback will be shared.


Spaker: Mustafa Shraim

Mustafa Shraim is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology & Management at Ohio University. He received both of his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Ohio University, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University. He teaches courses in quality management systems, statistical quality control, and leadership. Mustafa has over 20 years of industrial experience as a quality engineer, corporate quality manager, and a consultant. He is a Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) & Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) by ASQ, and a certified QMS Principal Auditor by IRCA in the UK. He was elected a Fellow by ASQ in 2007.


Speaker: Yuqiu You 

Yuqiu You is an Associate Professor of Engineering Technology and Management at Ohio University. She earned her B.E. degree from HuaZhong University of Science and Technology in China, MS from Morehead State University of Morehead, KY, and Ph.D. (Technology Management, 2006) from Indiana State University. Dr. You is currently teaching at Ohio University. Her interests are in computer-integrated manufacturing, automation control, and remote-control systems.



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