Case Studies and White Papers

Design of Experiments Helps Improve the Robustness of Off-Highway Vehicle Coating

Published: July 2009
Author: Henkel Corp.

An agricultural equipment manufacturer asked Henkel to help optimize a tough coating application using DOE.

Publication: SAE Off-Highway Engineering

Published: June 2009
Author: Jerry Fireman

Rich Products used DOE to develop an all-natural bread dough that would met the same quality and taste standards as their popular conventional bread doughs.

Publication: Food Quality magazine

Published: June 2009
Author: Jerry Fireman

Using design of experiments, Land O'Lakes researchers set out to improve a new deli process cheese formulation, without impacting its other attributes. They achieved a significant improvement in appearance of the new without adversely affecting other characteristics.

Publication: Food Product Design (now Natural Products Insider)

Published: February 2009
Author: Jeff Falk

Via mixture design of experiments (DOE) Alberto-Culver developed a new line of scrubs that far exceeded the performance of what they thought was possible. The formulator said "We selected Design-Expert software from Stat-Ease because of its exceptional capabilities in the design and analysis of mixture experiments. The end result is that we can get products to market faster and at a lower cost than with conventional experiment designs."

Publication: Global Cosmetic Industry

Design of Experiments Demonstrates Robustness of Biopharmaceutical Process

Published: January 2009
Author: Mark Anderson

Diasorin used DOE to evaluate the robustness of its process for manufacturing an alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT) assay. The results provided a considerable degree of confidence that existing in-process quality control criteria sufficed for being assured of meeting finished product requirements. This case study provides an excellent example of how DOE can reduce the time required to perform a latitude study while delivering statistical analysis that increases the degree of confidence in the study.

Published: January 2009
Authors: Mark Anderson, Zivorad Lazic

A statistically based design of experiments (DOE) approach developed specifically for mixtures was used to formulate a blend of rayon fibers that produced maximal tampon absorbency.

Published: December 2008
Author: Craig Stolarczyk

The Williamette Valley Co. (WVCO) increased manufacturing yield by designing an experiment to simultaneously measure the impact of key factors on critical responses.

Publication: Quality Magazine

Lean Six Meets Foil Stamping

Published: October 2008
Author: Reed Wahlberg

A large printing company tasked a Lean Six Sigma project team with finding a way to reduce setup time and costs in a department consisting of 33 Kluge presses. The results of the DOE led to a reduction of 5% in printing costs by moving to a less expensive foil for that job, and other knowledge gained from the experiment led to a 40% reduction in setup time over the last two years.

Publication: Graphic Arts Online

Design of Experiments Reduces Rubber Scrap by 90%

Published: September 2008
Author: Mark Anderson

A custom rubber molder used DOE to uncover a combination of material selection and manufacturing protocol that created unacceptable results. Armed with this process knowledge, they achieved breakthrough quality improvements.

Publication: Rubber & Plastics News

Optimizing Design of Experiments for Fluid Bed Coating

Published: September 2008

Upsher-Smith Laboratories used response surface methods (RSM) to optimize a fluid bed coating process that was producing inconsistent results. Aided by Design-Expert software, scientists discovered a most desirable setup that gave consistent results within specifications with little variability. When transferred to production, the new setup provided excellent results.

Publication: Pharma QbD