Statistical process control techniques have been widely used to improve processes by reducing variations and defects. In the present paper, we propose a multivariate control chart technique based on a clustering algorithm that can effectively handle a situation in which the distribution of in-control observations is inhomogeneous. A simulation study was conducted to examine the characteristics of the proposed control chart and to compare them with Hotellings T 2 multivariate control charts that are widely used in real-world processes. Moreover, an experiment with real data from the thin film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) manufacturing process demonstrated the effectiveness and accuracy of the proposed control chart.
- Hotellings T
- clustering algorithm
- multivariate control chart
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Strategy and Management
- Management Science and Operations Research
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering