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Measurement System Analysis (MSA)

Measurement System Analysis (MSA)

This 2-day course is widely applicable to organisations that use measurements, gauging systems, and visual assessments. It is designed also to support the requirements of IATF 16949 and Six Sigma initiatives. The reliability of measurements and evaluations is an important consideration in any situation where they are used for decision-making purposes. The content is delivered through a series of presentation slides and course notes, combined with participant activities.

Course Details

The key objectives are to enhance the participants’ existing knowledge and skills to enable them to become more effective at managing their work process, and meeting customer requirements. The aim is that by the end of the course, a participant will understand:

  • The nature of measurement errors
  • How measurement error can affect decision making regarding process and product characteristics
  • How to plan, carry out, and interpret a variety of MSA studies



This course is particularly relevant to managers, engineers, auditors, scientists, and technicians who are involved in evaluating, auditing, and maintaining measurement systems.


  • Start 09:00
  • Introduction to MSA
    Types of Measurement System Errors
    Measurement System Discrimination
  • Stability Study
  • Bias Study
  • Linearity Study
  • Gauge R&R Study
    Range Method
    Type II (crossed) Average and Range Method
  • End 16:30 End of Day 1


  • Start 09:00
  • Gauge R&R Study (cont.)
    Indices for Evaluating the Measurement Process
    Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) Method
  • Attribute Studies
    Attribute Agreement using Fleiss’ kappa
  • Studies for Non-replicable Measurements
    Nested ANOVA Method
  • MSA Plans, Procedures & Reporting
  • End 16:30 Course Review & Closing Summary