Find definitions and interpretation guidance for every expected overall performance measure that is provided with normal capability analysis.

- PPM < LSL for Expected Overall Performance
- PPM > USL for Expected Overall Performance
- PPM Total for Expected Overall Performance
- % < LSL for Expected Overall Performance
- % > USL for Expected Overall Performance
- % Total for Expected Overall Performance
- Confidence interval (CI), Lower bound (LB), Upper bound (UB) for expected overall performance

PPM < LSL for expected overall performance is the expected number of parts per million that have measurements that are less than the lower specification limit (LSL). Expected overall performance values are calculated using overall standard deviation. PPM < LSL for expected overall performance is 1,000,000 times the probability that the measurement of a randomly selected part from the overall process distribution is less than LSL.
The probability that a randomly selected part from the overall process distribution is less than LSL is shown by the shaded region under the normal curve.

Use PPM < LSL for expected overall performance to estimate the number of nonconforming items, represented in parts per million, that you can expect to be below the lower specification limit based on the overall variation of your process. Overall performance values indicate the actual process performance that your customer experiences over time.

Lower values of PPM < LSL indicate greater process capability, relative to the lower specification limit. Ideally, few or no parts have measurements that are less than the lower specification limit.

PPM > USL for expected overall performance is the expected number of parts per million that have measurements that are greater than the upper specification limit (USL). Expected overall performance values are calculated using overall standard deviation. PPM > USL for expected overall performance is 1,000,000 times the probability that the measurement of a randomly selected part from the overall process distribution is greater than USL.
The probability that a randomly selected part is greater than USL is shown by the shaded region under the overall normal curve.

Use PPM > USL for expected overall performance to estimate the number of nonconforming items, represented in parts per million, that you can expect to be above the upper specification limit based on the overall variation of your process. Overall performance values indicate the actual process performance that your customer experiences over time.

Lower values of PPM > USL indicate greater process capability, relative to the upper specification limit. Ideally, few or no parts have measurements that are greater than the upper specification limit.

PPM Total for expected overall performance is the expected number of parts per million that are outside the specification limits. Expected overall performance values are calculated using overall standard deviation. PPM Total for expected overall performance is 1,000,000 times the probability that the measurement of a randomly selected part from the overall process distribution is outside the specification limits.
The probability that a randomly selected part is outside the specification limits is shown by the shaded regions under the overall normal curve.

Use PPM Total for expected overall performance to estimate the number of nonconforming items, represented in parts per million, that you can expect to be outside the specification limits based on the overall variation of your process. Overall performance values indicate the actual process performance that your customer experiences over time.

Lower values of PPM Total indicate greater process capability. Ideally, few or no parts have measurements that are outside the specification limits.

You can also use PPM to estimate the percentage of conforming and nonconforming parts in your process.

PPM | % Nonconforming Parts | % Conforming |
---|---|---|

66807 | 6.6807% | 93.3193% |

6210 | 0.621% | 99.379% |

233 | 0.0233% | 99.9767% |

3.4 | 0.00034% | 99.99966% |

% < LSL for expected overall performance is the expected percentage of parts that have measurements that are less than the lower specification limit (LSL). Expected overall performance values are calculated using overall standard deviation. % < LSL for expected overall performance is the probability that the measurement of a randomly selected part from the overall process distribution is less than LSL.
The probability that a randomly selected part from the overall process distribution is less than LSL is shown by the shaded region under the normal curve.

Use % < LSL for expected overall performance to estimate the percentage of nonconforming items that you can expect to be below the lower specification limit based on the overall variation of your process. Overall performance values indicate the actual process performance that your customer experiences over time.

Lower values of % < LSL indicate greater process capability, relative to the lower specification limit. Ideally, few or no parts have measurements that are less than the lower specification limit.

% > USL for expected overall performance is the expected percentage of parts that have measurements that are greater than the upper specification limit (USL). Expected overall performance values are calculated using overall standard deviation. % > USL for expected overall performance is the probability that the measurement of a randomly selected part from the overall process distribution is greater than USL.
The probability that a randomly selected part is greater than USL is shown by the shaded region under the overall normal curve.

Use % > USL for expected overall performance to estimate the percentage of nonconforming items that you can expect to be above the upper specification limit based on the overall variation of your process. Overall performance values indicate the actual process performance that your customer experiences over time.

Lower values of % > USL indicate greater process capability, relative to the upper specification limit. Ideally, few or no parts have measurements that are greater the upper specification limit.

% Total for expected overall performance is the expected percentage of parts that are outside the specification limits. The expected value is calculated using the overall standard deviation. % Total for expected overall performance is the probability that the measurement of a randomly selected part from the overall process distribution is outside the specification limits.
The probability that a randomly selected part is outside the specification limits is shown by the shaded regions under the overall normal curve.

Use % Total for expected overall performance to estimate the percentage of nonconforming items that you can expect to be outside the specification limits based on the overall variation of your process. Overall performance values indicate the actual process performance that your customer experiences over time.

Lower values of % Total indicate greater process capability. Ideally, few or no parts have measurements that are outside the specification limits.

The confidence interval is a range of likely values for a performance measure. The confidence interval is defined by a lower bound and an upper bound. The bounds are calculated by determining a margin of error for the sample estimate. The lower confidence bound defines a value that the performance measure is likely to be greater than. The upper confidence bound defines a value that the performance measure is likely to be less than.

To display confidence intervals, you must click Options and select Include confidence intervals when you perform the capability analysis. Minitab displays a confidence interval or a confidence bound for the capability indices and the performance measures. Minitab displays separate statistics for the within-subgroup variation and the overall variation.

Because samples of data are random, different samples collected from your process are unlikely to yield identical estimates of a performance measure. To calculate the actual value of the performance measure for your process, you would need to analyze data for all the items that the process produces, which is not feasible. Instead, you can use a confidence interval to determine a range of likely values for the performance measure.

At a 95% confidence level, you can be 95% confident that the actual value of the performance measure is contained within the confidence interval. That is, if you collect 100 random samples from your process, you can expect approximately 95 of the samples to produce intervals that contain the actual value of the performance measure.

The confidence interval helps you to assess the practical significance of your sample estimate. When possible, compare the confidence bounds with a benchmark value that is based on process knowledge or industry standards.

For example, a company uses a minimum benchmark value of 0.3% for the % Total out of specification to define a capable process. Using capability analysis, they obtain a % total out of specification estimate of 0.146%, which suggests that the process is capable. To further assess this estimate, they display a 95% upper confidence bound for the % Total out of specification. If the 95% upper confidence bound is less than 0.3%, they can be extremely confident that their process is capable, even when taking into account the variability from random sampling that affects the estimate.