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Detailed review of: 

Encyclopedia and Handbook of Process Capability Indices: A Comprehensive Exposition of Quality Control Measures





World Scientific, Singapore 




W.L. Pearn and Samuel Kotz




Encyclopedia and Handbook of Process Capability Indices: A Comprehensive Exposition of Quality Control Measures


Year of Publication














Krishna B. Misra




Review published in IJPE, Vol. 4, No. 2, April, 2008, p. 109. 

Table of Contents

The book consists of 16 chapters with following table of contents :

About the Authors



6 Pages

Chapter 1: The Cp Index

24 Pages

Chapter 2: The Co  Index

9 Pages

Chapter 3: The Cpk Index

27 Pages

Chapter 4: The Cpm Index

28 Pages

Chapter 5: The Loss Indices

15 Pages

Chapter 6: The Cpmk Index

24 Pages

Chapter 7: The Spk Index

12 Pages

Chapter 8: The CpU / CpL Index

16 Pages

Chapter 9: Multi-Process Performance Analysis Chart (MPPAC)   

19 Pages

Chapter 10: PCIs with Asymmetric Specification Limits

37 Pages

Chapter 11: Supplier Selection Based on PCIs

13 Pages

Chapter 12: Acceptance Sampling Plans Based on PCIs

18 Pages

Chapter 13: Process Capability Measures in Presence of Gauge Measurement Errors

30 Pages

Chapter 14: Process Capability Assessment with Tool Wear

14 Pages

Chapter 15: Process Capability Assessment for Non-normal Processes

33 Pages

Chapter 16: Multivariate Process Capability Indices

19 Pages


30 Pages



This book, as the title suggests, provides the most complete coverage of all the currently used process capability indices in the industrial production. The Engineering Process Control (EPC) is an area in Quality  

Encyclopedia and Handbook of Process Capability Indices
Engineering that has received attention just two decades back for the control of continuous production processes. EPC is a collection of techniques to manipulate the adjustable variable of the process to keep the output of the process as close to target as possible. Process capability represents the performance of a process when it is in a state of statistical control. The process spread is generally taken as a measure of the process capability and 99.74% of all products should lie within this spread, if the normality assumption is valid. In many situations we require to check if our existing process is capable of meeting certain product specifications. Such decisions are taken based on the Process capability indices (PCI) and naturally the book starts with the early process capability indices Cp and Cpk and goes about defining and explaining the development of the recent process capability indices (CPIs) and their uses.

The authors provide a very useful Bibliography arranged alphabetically by the first author's name which contains a voluminous listing of 474 publications but it would have been better, if they had arranged these chronologically and used Vancouver style of citation. This would have been more meaningful and necessary to appreciate how the development in the area of process capability has taken place in past 20 years. The book contains 64 papers and reports from the first author which of course as claimed in Introduction of the book, makes the foundation of Chapters 9-16 whereas the material presented in chapter 1-8 is supposed to be standard. In over all assessment, this book is unique and will be found very useful for industries and research organizations concerned with the process control.

Krishna B. Misra

Review published in the International Journal of Performability Engineering, Vol. 4, No. 2, April 2008, p. 109.


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