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Industrial Statistics with Minitab by Xavier Tort-Martorell Llabres, Lluis Marco Almagro, Pere Grima Cintas

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19.5 Some Ideas on How to Use Minitab as a Simulator of Processes for Didactic Reasons

Using the possibility of automatically updating the graphs and the use of macros or executable files, the evolution of a control chart can be simulated. The next file should be first created using: Tools > Notepad.

nc19uf006.eps

To indicate Minitab where to find the files to be executed later, do: Tools > Options:

nc19uf007.eps

We have indicated that the files are located on the desktop (use the button with three dots to locate the situation in your computer).

The changes made in Tools > Options are stored and remain from one Minitab session to another.

Now, place four values from a Normal (0; 1) in column C2. This can be done via Calc > Random Data > Normal, but it can also be done simply by typing the following command in the session window (the option Enable Commands must first be activated):

MTB > random 4 c2

Create now the chart Xbar-R using: Stat > Control Charts > Variables Charts for Subgroups > Xbar-R

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To avoid that limits changing as the points appear, use the option:

Xbar-R Options > Parameters: Mean ...

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