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Commercializing Great Products with Design for Six Sigma by David W. Bacon, Randy C. Perry

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Chapter 35. Statistical Tolerancing

During the commercialization process, we often have to determine the impact of multiple sources of variation on our final product. As we develop representative models for individual product components, we can use this information to estimate the overall level of variation we expect to find in our final product. The process of analyzing component variation and designing a final product that meets customer tolerance requirements is known as statistical tolerancing.

Let's suppose for moment that we've been asked to make some candy for an upcoming family gathering. As shown in Figure 35-1, we have selected a candy box and must determine how many pieces of candy we can put in the box given its length. Initially, ...

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