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Attributes data (counts)

What is it?

Attributes data is data that can be classified and counted. There are two types of attributes data: counts of defects per item or group of items (nonconformities ) and counts of defective items (nonconforming ).

How is it used?

Attributes data is analyzed in control charts that show how a system changes over time. There are two chart options for each type of attributes data. These attributes control charts, and more, can be created easily using software packages such as SQCpack.

What type of attributes data do I have?

Counts of defective items (noncomforming)

What is it?

Nonconforming data is a count of defective units. It is often described as go/no go, pass/fail, or yes/no, since there are only two possible outcomes to any given check. It is also referred to as a count of defective or rejected units. For example, a light bulb either works or it does not. Track either the number failing or the number passing.

How is it used?

Nonconforming data is analyzed in p-charts and np-charts. Chart selection is based on the consistency of the subgroup size:

  • If the number inspected is always or usually the same, use an np-chart.

  • If the number inspected varies with each subgroup use a p-chart.

Count of defects per item (noncomformities)

What is it?

Nonconformities data is a count of defects per unit or group of units. Nonconformities can refer to defects or occurrences that should not be present but are. It also refers to any characteristic that should be present but is not. Examples of nonconformities are dents, scratches, bubbles, cracks, and missing buttons.

How is it used?

Nonconformities data is analyzed in u-charts and c-charts. Chart selection is based on the consistency of the subgroup size:

  • If the number inspected is always or usually the same, use a c-chart.

  • If the number inspected varies with each subgroup use a u-chart.

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