Tech Tool Talk: Swap Tests

Held on: Thursday, April 21, 2016

Kevin Keller, Anheuser-Busch InBev LSS Master Black Belt

Kevin Keller

One of the challenges in manufacturing is when a product defect occurs intermittently and its source is unknown. The defect could be from a given process, or from one of the machines or operators within a process step. There also could be more sources. The natural inclination is to create a designed experiment to determine the source of the defect. However, this can be impractical for several reasons, mainly because of the intermittent aspect of the defect. For batch processing, the design technique "Swap Tests" can be used to successfully design experiments to isolate the problem area creating the defect. It can be employed for any number of processes and is only limited by a minimum batch size required based upon the design.

In this free one-hour webcast, learn about the design technique, Swap tests, and how this design technique can get to the root of the problem without downtime for Operations.

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Kevin Keller, Anheuser-Busch InBev LSS Master Black Belt

Kevin Keller is currently a Master Black Belt with Anheuser-Busch InBev, supporting the black, green, yellow and white belt training and coaching needs for North America. Prior to the Master Black Belt position at ABI, he was the Quality Systems Manager for packaging materials (cans, lids, labels). He has previously worked for Conoco, Texas Instruments, and MEMC Electronic Materials in a variety of engineering and statistical positions. Overall, Kevin has over 30 years of experience in the application of statistics.

Kevin received his Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and his Masters Degree in Applied Statistics from The Ohio State University. He recently received his Master Black Belt certification from MoreSteam/Ohio State University. Kevin holds a US Patent on the application of statistics.