A review of data mining applications for quality improvement in manufacturing industry

Köksal G., Batmaz İ., Testik M. C.

EXPERT SYSTEMS WITH APPLICATIONS, vol.38, pp.13448-13467, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 38
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.eswa.2011.04.063
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.13448-13467
  • Keywords: Knowledge discovery in databases, Data mining, Quality improvement, Six sigma, Design for six sigma, Quality description, Prediction, Classification, Parameter optimisation, Data mining software, Manufacturing, ARTIFICIAL NEURAL-NETWORK, ROUGH SET-THEORY, FAILURE-MECHANISM IDENTIFICATION, AUSTENITIC STAINLESS-STEEL, PROCESS PARAMETERS, PRODUCT QUALITY, SURFACE-ROUGHNESS, GENETIC ALGORITHM, FUZZY-LOGIC, WARPAGE OPTIMIZATION
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Many quality improvement (QI) programs including six sigma, design for six sigma, and kaizen require collection and analysis of data to solve quality problems. Due to advances in data collection systems and analysis tools, data mining (DM) has widely been applied for QI in manufacturing. Although a few review papers have recently been published to discuss DM applications in manufacturing, these only cover a small portion of the applications for specific QI problems (quality tasks). In this study, an extensive review covering the literature from 1997 to 2007 and several analyses on selected quality tasks are provided on DM applications in the manufacturing industry. The quality tasks considered are; product/process quality description, predicting quality, classification of quality, and parameter optimisation. The review provides a comprehensive analysis of the literature from various points of view: data handling practices, DM applications for each quality task and for each manufacturing industry, patterns in the use of DM methods, application results, and software used in the applications are analysed. Several summary tables and figures are also provided along with the discussion of the analyses and results. Finally, conclusions and future research directions are presented. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.