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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.

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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.


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.


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!

The 2019 Analytics Solutions Conference: You Know You Want to Go! Part 2

posted by Greg on March 26, 2019

The upcoming 2019 Analytics Solutions Conference will be the premier meeting to learn about how others are using statistical tools (design of experiments (DOE), multivariate analysis (MVA) and process analytical technology (PAT)). Come see how these tools are used to dramatically impact the bottom line.

And registration is now open for the conference! Don’t miss out on early bird registration.

Reason #3 to be there: Sharon Flank’s keynote talk "Field Authentication and Adding Chemistry to Blockchain".

These days, companies need to find effective ways to secure quality and protect against counterfeit products. Whether you are the manufacturer or the end user, using the right product is important.

This complex problem requires an elegant solution. One that is non-destructive, fast, and user friendly. Dr. Flank takes us thru a solution that uses spectroscopy and analytics to identify a products chemical ‘fingerprint’. This can be applied on pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, spare parts, electronics, wine and additive manufacturing, and the talk will include use cases and real-life examples.

Reason #4 to be there: a dinner cruise down the Mississippi. That’s right. Network with your fellow attendees while cruising down the Mississippi river at sunset. Then have dinner and a drink before returning to shore.

Need more reasons to attend? More keynote speakers, more fun networking opportunities, and summer in Minnesota! And to top it off, early bird registration is still open.

Register now to ensure your seat!



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2019 Analytics Solutions Conference: You Know You Want to Go!

posted by Greg on March 20, 2019

The upcoming 2019 Analytics Solutions Conference is your opportunity to discover how others are using statistical tools (design of experiments (DOE), multivariate analysis (MVA) and process analytical technology (PAT)) to dramatically impact the bottom line.

And registration is open for the conference!

Reason #1 to be there: Keynote Speaker Dr. Geoff Vining. Jump-start your education by learning about leading-edge methodology with Geoff’s talk on “Solving Complex Problems”.

These days, organizations need solutions for increasingly complex problems that are critical to their operation. Statistical engineering is the discipline dedicated to the art and science of solving these complex problems. These problems almost always are unstructured and typically large, crossing several disciplines. Typically, the data associated with them come from a wide variety of sources and thus usually look like a “mess.” The key is how to provide enough definition, data analysis, and structure to create a reasonable path to a truly sustainable solution.

Statistical engineering provides a structure to determine which statistical and analytic tools/methods are appropriate depending on the circumstances, and it outlines how to create sustainable solutions efficiently and effectively. Ultimately, it is the discipline that helps practitioners determine “the right tool for the right job at the right time, properly applied.”

This talk introduces this new discipline at a high level. It then outlines the important roles that both DOE and data analytics play in the solution of complex problems. In the process it emphasizes the importance of strategy and understanding exactly what the tools can and cannot do.

Reason #2 to be there: Cost. At $495 (with the early bird special rates, in place until April 15), this is a truly inexpensive conference. With the tremendous value to be had in technical content for all audiences entry-level to advanced, and the great price point, this is a no brainer.

Need more reasons to attend? More keynote speakers, fun networking opportunities, and summer in Minnesota!

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Mixture Design of Experiments (DOE) to the Rescue!

posted by Greg on Feb. 7, 2019

So, you formulate products. Yes, you, in the industry of making beverages, chemicals, cosmetics, concrete, food, flavorings, metal alloys, pharmaceuticals, paints, plastics, paper, rubber, and so forth.

You also need to optimize that formulation—quickly. Mixture design of experiments (DOE) to the rescue! “Wait, what?” you ask.

When creating a formulation, you can use mixture DOE to model the blend in the form of a mathematical equation. It also allows you to show the effect each component has on the measured responses, both by itself and in combination with the other components.

This model then leads you to the optimal composition, or “sweet spot”, based on your desired outcome. And mixture design does this fast.

"Yeah, OK," you say. "It's going to take me months to learn how to do that. So, no thanks."

We have software that will do it for you, and a 3-day workshop that shows you how to use it. Not months, 3 days. We get it. You're not a statistician, you don't have the time to learn all the ins and outs of the theory. You just need to get to the information. We'll help you get there.

Ready to know more? Good! Download this white paper that illustrates how mixture design works and how Design-Expert® software will help you.

Ready to know even more? Head over to our Mixture Design workshop webpage and register now. This hands-on workshop will show you how Design-Expert® software can be used to design and analyze mixture experiments. The software provides the power for the generation of optimal designs, as well as sophisticated graphical outputs such as trace plots. You will learn how these methods work and what to look for. No statistical background needed!

If you have any questions regarding the workshop, email us at