March 7, 2022 Ann Arbor Section Meeting, Dr. Nathan Soderborg, Gage R&R Re-examined: When is a Measu

Starts:  Mar 7, 2022 11:00 PM (UTC)
Ends:  Mar 8, 2022 12:00 AM (UTC)
Associated with  Ann Arbor Section
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Networking: 5:30 PM-6:00 PM, Presentation: 6:00 PM- 7:00 PM

Topic: Gage R&R Re-examined: When is a Measurement System Acceptable?

Abstract: This presentation discusses the latest thinking in how to assess results of Gage R&R studies. Criteria for assessment of measurement systems used in most Six Sigma training is based on AIAG guidelines which have provided an excellent resource for establishing a rigorous approach to Measurement System Analysis (MSA). However, some of the rules used for determining measurement system acceptability may not be applicable across all applications. These rules have become defaults in standard software packages, and some who use those packages may not be aware of their limitations. This presentation will identify strengths and weaknesses of these rules and provide information on alternative rules developed by Dr. Donald Wheeler that have a sound statistical foundation but can provide very different conclusions from the AIAG rules.

About Nathan:

13+ years leading data-based analysis, problem resolution, and implementation of permanent improvements to product development, manufacturing, and quality systems. Statistical and scientific analyses for commercial, government, and litigation clients. Specialties:

-Proactively improve quality systems

-Lead statistical and exploratory data analyses

-Understand and quantify risk

-Review and assess product development and manufacturing processes and practices

-Troubleshoot manufacturing processes to identify problem causes and solutions

-Implement Failure Mode Avoidance methodologies for products and processes

-Apply and teach Six Sigma, Design for Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, and Lean Product Development methods


17 additional years in technical and management positions at Ford Motor, Co. conducting data and risk analyses, leading quality improvement and data-based problem-solving, and applying system engineering solutions.

PhD in Mathematics. MS in Engineering & Management.


Over 40 technical papers, instructional modules, patents.


Reliability & Six Sigma curriculum designer and trainer. College mathematics teacher.


Ford Motor Co. Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt

American Society for Quality (ASQ), senior member

-Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE)

-Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB)

American Statistical Association (ASA)

-Past President of the Detroit chapter

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)