Today’s competitive market has witnessed a growing interest in improving the reliability of products in both service and industrial operations. A large number of monitoring schemes have been introduced to effectively control the reliability-related quality characteristics. These methods have focused on single-stage processes or considered quality variables which are independent. However, the main feature of multistage processes is the cascade property which needs to be justified for the sake of optimal process monitoring. The problem becomes complicated when the presence of censored observations is pronounced. Therefore, both the effects of influential covariates and censored data must be taken into account while presenting a monitoring scheme. In this paper, the accelerated failure time models are used and two regression-adjusted control schemes based on Cox-Snell residuals are devised. Two different scenarios with censored and non-censored data are considered respectively. The competing control charts are compared in terms of zero-state and steady-state average run length criteria using Markov chain approach. The comparison study reveals that the cumulative sum based monitoring procedure is superior and more effective. It should be noted that the application of the proposed monitoring schemes are not restricted to manufacturing processes and thus service operations such as healthcare systems can benefit from them.
Quality & Quantity – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 10, 2012
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