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    Author(s): Timothy M. Young; Patricia K. LebowStan Lebow; Adam Taylor
    Date: 2019
    Source: Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, Center for Renewable Carbon. 78 p.
    Publication Series: Book
    Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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    This Statistical Process Control (SPC) Handbook introduces wood preservation industry personnel to the terminology and statistical process control (SPC) tools available for understanding and monitoring industrial processes. For those who want further information, references are provided at the end of each section. The content is for educational purposes only. The use of trade or firm names in this publication is for reader information and does not imply endorsement by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) or The University of Tennessee of any product or service. This Handbook is organized as follows:
    -Understanding variability and why we want to reduce it;
    -Introducing important statistics
    -Tools for visualizing data
    -Understanding your process variability using control charts
    -Capability analyses
    -Root-cause analyses for reducing variation
    -Pareto principle 
    -Appendices on statistical methods

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    Young, Timothy M.; Lebow, Patricia K.; Lebow, Stan; Taylor, Adam. 2019. SPC handbook for the treated wood industries. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, Center for Renewable Carbon. 78 p.


    SPC, statistical process control, wood preservation, treatment process variability, control chart, capability analysis

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