Fuzzy process capability indices with asymmetric tolerances

KAYA İ., Kahraman C.

EXPERT SYSTEMS WITH APPLICATIONS, vol.38, no.12, pp.14882-14890, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 38 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.eswa.2011.05.059
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.14882-14890
  • Keywords: Process capability analysis, Fuzzy set theory, Asymmetric tolerances, GENERALIZED CONFIDENCE-INTERVALS, PROCESS ACCURACY INDEX, C-PMK, DECISION-MAKING, RISK-ASSESSMENT, PK, SUPPLIER
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Process performance can be analyzed by using process capability indices (PCIs), which are summary statistics to depict the process location and dispersion successfully. Traditional PCIs are generally used for a process which has a symmetric tolerance when the target value (T) locates on the midpoint of the specification interval (m). When this is not the case (T not equal m), there are serious disadvantages in the casual use and interpretation of traditional PCIs. To overcome these problems, PCIs with asymmetric tolerances have been developed and applied successfully. Although PC's are very usable statistics, they have some limitations which prevent a deep and flexible analysis because of the crisp definitions for specification limits (SLs), mean, and variance. In this paper, the fuzzy set theory is used to add more information and flexibility to PCIs with asymmetric tolerances. For this aim, fuzzy process mean, it and fuzzy variance, sigma(2), which are obtained by using the fuzzy extension principle, are used together with fuzzy specification limits (SLs) and target value (T) to produce fuzzy PCIs with asymmetric tolerances. The fuzzy formulations of the indices (C) over tilde"(pk), (C) over tilde (center dot)(pm), (C) over tilde"(pmk), which are the most used PC's with asymmetric tolerances, are developed. Then a real case application from an automotive company is given. The results show that fuzzy estimations of PCIs with asymmetric tolerances include more information and flexibility to evaluate the process performance when it is compared with the crisp case. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.