How to calculate Cp, Cpk and Ppk

    The Design limits include Upper Specification Limit USL and 
Lower Specification Limit LSL. The measurements include sample mean 
m', lot mean m, estimated standard deviation s', and 
standard deviation s.

    Calculate Cp which is a process index that relates the specification 
range to process variation.

    Cp = (USL-LSL)/6s'

    Cpk is a process index that relates the process mean to the nominal 
value of the two sided specification. First determine the difference 
between the process mean and the specification limits.

    XUSL = (USL-m')

    XLSL = (LSL-m')

    Select the minimum of the two values.

    XMIN = min[XUSL, - XLSL]

    Cpk is found by the following.

    Cpk = XMIN/3s'

    Relation between Cp and Cpk

    Cpk = Cp(1-K)

    K is found with Target value T, which is the center of the 
specification range, and Specification width W, which is the 
specification range.

    K = (m' - T)/(W/2)

    T = (USL – LSL)/2

    W = USL-LSL

    Ppk is the same as Cpk, however replace m' and s' with m
and s. Its a difference of sample verse lot. 

Ideal Test Limits

        You might think that big Cpk numbers mean good test limits, but 
    that's wrong. Cpk= 1.33 (4 StdDev) is about ideal, a little 
    larger is often needed in electronics to allow component variably 
    that can't be controlled. You should consider reducing the test 
    limits if Cpk is 1.67 (5 StdDev) or larger. Some Quality people 
    would say I was nut's for saying this but the job of test is to find 
    things that are bad, or put another way unlikely to be good. If the 
    test is passing some units outside 4 StdDev they probability have a 

Production Outliers

        What are production Outliers? This is a unit that falls in the 
    gray area of being statistically unlikely but within the design 
    limits. Outliers are detected with probability. 

        Some time back I did an automatic test system that tested and 
    passed over 12,000 power processing devices, it passed 63 units 
    outside four standard deviations, i.e. Outliers. Assuming a normal 
    distribution only 0.0063 percent should fail, less than one part 
    Statistically. I am aware of reliability problems inherent in 
    outliers. I have performed analysis on some of these units and saw 
    things like increased resistance due to an open in one of the 
    parallel windings, partial solder flow, wrong value parts. A well 
    tested product looks at characteristics that maximize the use of 
    statistics. One of the best examples I know is using bias levels in
    circuits that come into play only under cretin conditions like light 
    load, thermal shutdown, current limit, input lockout and output 
    lockout. These bias level test reveal circuit failures as outliers, 
    without adding complex test methods. 

Probability Between

    +/- 1 standard deviation 68.27%
    +/- 2 standard deviation 95.45%
    +/- 3 standard deviation 99.73%
    +/- 4 standard deviation 99.9936%
    +/- 5 standard deviation 99.999943%


    Statistical Quality Design and Control 1992 Prentice-Hall, Inc.
    Process Measurement By Hawthorne SMT February 1997

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