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posted by Greg on July 1, 2020

The 2020 Online DOE Summit was a remarkable success! If you missed any of it, read on!

We just wrapped up our 2020 Online DOE Summit. What a successful summit. A group of influential speakers kicked off the discussion of design of experiments (DOE). Hundreds of attendees logged in to each talk and soaked up that knowledge. Thank you to everyone who participated.

We created the summit because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally scheduled for the middle of June, our 8th European DOE Meeting was canceled in January. So, after thinking about it for a bit, we decided to move the meeting online. This would be the only way to have a meeting for a while. Plus, the cost to the audience would be zero.

All the speakers who agreed to speak at the European meeting agreed to make the move to a virtual event. A schedule was set-up. We gave it a new name. We sent emails to everyone with dates. The 2020 Online DOE Summit was born.

Our first group of presentations consisted of a kickoff talk, three keynotes, and a tutorial. Many of these talks revolved around current directions in DOE. Even though DOE has been around for decades, it is an evolving practice with new techniques and advice coming up all the time. Each speaker discussed broad concepts in design of experiments.

[Click on the title of the talk for an abstract, slides, and video recording of the presentation.]

Kickoff: Know the SCOR for Multifactor Strategy of Experimentation
Mark Anderson: Principal of Stat-Ease, Inc.
Talk Topic: Laying out a strategy for multifactor design of experiments

Keynote: My Lifelong Journey with DOE
Pat Whitcomb: Founding Principal of Stat-Ease, Inc.
Talk topic: Pat explores his lifetime of design of experiments with a view to the future

Keynote: Some Experiences in Modern Experimental Design
Marcus Perry: Editor in Chief, Quality Engineering; Professor of Statistics, The University of Alabama
Talk topic: Handling non-standard situations in today’s DOE environment

Keynote: Innovative Mixture-Process Models
Geoff Vining: Professor of Statistics, Virginia Tech
Talk Topic: An overview of KCV designs that limit runs in experiments involving both mixture components and process variables

Tutorial: Strategies for Sequential Experimentation
Martin Bezener: Director of Research & Development, Stat-Ease, Inc.
Talk Topic: This presentation explores how it may be more efficient to divide an experiment into smaller pieces. Learn how to use resources in a smarter, more adaptive manner.

In the second week of the summit, we had a separate set of talks. Each one detailed real-world experiments. Presenters discussed the actual experiments they had worked on, and how they used DOE in each case.

Simultaneous and Quick Determination of Two Ingredients Concentrations in a Solution Using a UV-Vis Spectroscopy Chemometric Model
Samd Guizani: Process Scientist, Ferring International Center

Use of DOE for 3D Printer Ink Formulation Development
Uri Zadok: Senior Research Chemist, Stratasys

Using Experimental Design to Optimize the Surfactant Package Properties of a Metalworking Cleaner
Mathijs Uljé: Development Chemist, Quaker Houghton

Optimizing Multi-Step Processes with DoE – A Cryopreservation Protocol for Plant Cells as a Case
Johannes Buyel: Head of Department of Bioprocess Engineering, Aachen University

In all, this was a great summit. The presenters were spot on with the current state of DOE, whether in modern concepts or real-life experiments. The audience took away many useful ideas and practices. It was a classic case of making lemonade from lemons.

Thanks all!


An Awesome Week of Data Analytics!

posted by Shari on Jan. 3, 2020

March 9-13 in Austin, Texas

Building from our successful 2019 analytics conference, co-hosted by Stat-Ease and Camo Analytics, we are once again partnering to bring you a full week of technical skills education! Start with the 2-day Experiment Design Made Easy workshop on March 9-10, focusing on factorial design of experiments (DOE). These highly efficient designs help you discover those key factors and interactions that bring about breakthrough achievements in this new year! Follow this up with the 3-day Multivariate Data Analysis – Level 1 workshop on March 11-13, where you will learn how to use methods such as Principle Components Analysis (PCA) and Partial Least Squares (PLS) to identify important relationships between variables. In both courses, learn to use top-notch graphical visualization to effectively communicate your results!

These courses have something for everyone – you do not need any prior experience to get significant value from them! They are designed for individuals working in R&D, product development, process optimization, and others from a wide variety of industries.

Our highly-experienced instructors will guide attendees through these powerful tools, with a high level of interactivity along the way. They provide hands-on instruction, with all topics illustrated by practical exercises using Design-Expert® and Unscrambler software packages.

Click on the links above for more information about either workshop. Register for either one, or both for additional savings. Early Bird and multi-student discounts may be available. Contact workshops@statease.com if you have questions. We look forward to seeing you!

Don't forget to check out our 8th European DOE Meeting, held in Groningen, Netherlands in 2020.


8th European DOE Meeting - Call for Speakers

posted by Greg on Dec. 9, 2019

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European DOE Meeting

  • Co-sponsored by Stat-Ease, Inc. (USA) and Science Plus Group (Netherlands)
  • Date: June 18-19, 2020 (Save the Date!)
  • Location: Het Kasteel, Groningen, Netherlands
  • Theme: “Make the Most from Every Experiment”


Do you have a story to tell? Share your design of experiments (DOE) success with us. We invite you to submit an abstract to speak at the 2020 European DOE Meeting.

Stat-Ease and Science Plus Group are partnering together to host the premier conference on the practical applications of design of experiments. Topics feature using the tools of factorial design, response surface methods, and mixture design to solve business problems.

The 2020 European DOE Meeting is the perfect venue to learn how others are using these statistical techniques to dramatically impact the bottom line. Industries include, but are not limited to: pharmaceutical, medical device, electronics, food science, oil and gas, chemical processes, aerospace, etc. Presentation length: approximately 25 minutes.

The program committee is looking for presentations that:

  • Describe real-world problems solved by implementing DOE.
  • Illustrate a successful DOE using Design-Expert® software, including what breakthroughs were made and lessons learned.
  • Showcase business results achieved using DOE and Design-Expert.
  • Inspire others to use DOE.

Speakers (one per presentation) will be given discounted registration rates.

The conference will include a pre-conference short-course, keynote speakers, and some fun evening events.

Abstracts must include:

  • Author Name
  • Affiliation
  • Phone number
  • Mailing address
  • Email address
  • Abstract – limited to 1 page

Submit abstracts (up to 1 page) to the program committee at conference@statease.com

Submission Deadline: February 15, 2020


ASQ/ASA Fall Technical Conference Attendees - Sharpen those DOE Skills!

posted by Greg & Shari on Aug. 19, 2019

Expand your design of experiments (DOE) expertise at the 2019 Fall Technical Conference.

Martin Bezener will be teaching a pre-conference short course on Practical DOE and giving a session talk on binary data (abstracts are below). Shari Kraber will be hosting our exhibit booth and can discuss your DOE needs.

Short Course Abstract (Wed, Sep 25): Practical DOE: ‘Tricks of the Trade’

In this dynamic short-course, Stat-Ease consultant Martin Bezener reveals DOE tricks of the trade that make the most from statistical design and analysis of experiments. Come and learn many secrets for design of experiment (DOE) success, such as:

  • How to build irregularly-shaped DOE spaces that cover your region of interest
  • Using logistic regression to get the most from binomial data such as a pass/fail response
  • Clever tweaks to numerical optimization
  • Cool tools for augmenting a completed experiment to capture a peak beyond its reach
  • Other valuable tips and tricks as time allows and interest expressed

Session 6A Abstract (Fri, Sep 27, 1:30pm): Practical Considerations in the Design of Experiments for Binary Data

Binary data is very common in experimental work. In some situations, a continuous response is not possible to measure. While the analysis of binary data is a well-developed field with an abundance of tools, design of experiments (DOE) for binary data has received little attention, especially in practical aspects that are most useful to experimenters. Most of the work in our experience has been too theoretical to put into practice. Many of the well-established designs that assume a continuous response don’t work well for binary data yet are often used for teaching and consulting purposes. In this talk, I will briefly motivate the problem with some real-life examples we’ve seen in our consulting work. I will then provide a review of the work that has been done up to this point. Then I will explain some outstanding open problems and propose some solutions. Some simulation results and a case study will conclude the talk.

Be sure to mark these as must attend events on your FTC schedule!

Hurry – Early Bird Registration ends Aug 25. Hotel block ends Aug 27. Final Registration ends September 13.


Links for more info:

www.falltechnicalconference.org


2019 Analytics Solutions Conference Wrap Up

posted by Greg on July 12, 2019

We recently wrapped up the 2019 Analytics Solutions Conference in Minneapolis, MN. This was the first time we organized a US conference on analytics with our Norwegian partners, Camo Analytics. It could not have gone better! A BIG congratulations on a job well done to Shari Kraber who spearheaded the organization of this conference.

The goal of the conference was to help attendees transform their business, from R&D to production, using data-driven tools. If I may toot our own horn here, we did that. There was a lot of information to digest at this meeting, but the camaraderie of attendees made it easy. We overheard many conversations in the halls between attendees about what they just learned or discussing potential solutions to business problems they were facing.

The conference started with a short course day. Two all day seminars were conducted in parallel, one titled “Practical DOE: ‘Tricks of the Trade’” and the other “Realizing Industry 4.0 through Industrial Analytics”. We saw a lot of people experienced with design of experiments (DOE) go to the Industry 4.0 course and a lot of the analytics pros headed to learn about DOE. What a great way to start!

Day one wrapped up with an opening reception for all attendees and speakers, fostering networking and building relationships.

The conference days were filled with session talks that wrapped around keynote presentations (a fantastic trio of speakers, find out more at the link below). The result was a great mix of academic-style overviews with down-to-earth, real-world case studies. It struck a perfect balance.

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If you couldn’t make it to the conference, details on each presentation (including pdf’s of the presentations), are posted on the ASC speakers page.

To add some fun to the mix, the evening’s social event was a dinner cruise on the Mississippi River for all attendees. It was quite the treat, especially to those of us who live here! We rarely take the opportunity to enjoy activities like this in our own backyard. We traveled thru a lock, spotted a bald eagle in the trees, and enjoyed the casual atmosphere.

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The next Stat-Ease hosted conference will be our 8th European DOE Users Conference. This year it will be held in Groningen, Netherlands from June 17-19. We hope to see you there!

If you would like to be kept in the loop about the conference, sign up for our mailing list. We will be sending out information regarding a call for speakers and registration later in the fall. Sign up now, before you forget!

See you in Groningen!