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Keywords:

  • multiple criteria analysis;
  • multiresponse optimization;
  • robust design;
  • multivariate process capability index;
  • MCpm

Abstract

Robust design is an efficient method for product and process improvement which combines experimentation with optimization to create a system that is less sensitive to uncontrollable variation. In this article, a simple and integrated modeling methodology for robust design is proposed. This methodology achieves the robustness objective function and input variables constraints simultaneously. The objective function is written in terms of the multivariate process capability vector (MCpm) of several competing features of the system under study. The proposed methodology is applicable to general functions of the system performance with random variables. The effectiveness of the methodology is verified using two real-world examples which are compared with those of other robust design methods. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.