and Discrete Factors
Experiments for Mixtures and Discrete Factors
is a workshop for scientists, chemists, troubleshooters, and engineers
who perform experiments with mixtures or with discrete factors.
A mixture experiment differs from a standard process experiment
because the mixture components must add to 100%. This requirement
is called a "constraint." Standard designs do not work
for constrained experiments – they require runs such as
"100% of each component," or "0% of each component,"
which are physically impossible. Discrete factors are factors
with no continuous levels, e.g. catalyst A or catalyst B –
there is nothing in between. Standard designs often do not work
well for constrained factor experiments.
All the math
is done by software. We can teach using your favorite software,
or we can assess your needs and recommend commercial software
that is right for you.
of the Workshop
will complete projects on time.
will finish projects within your budget.
will find the best product mixtures possible.
will develop greater pride and confidence in your work.
2 days you will learn:
design and perform an experiment for mixtures
design and perform an experiment for discrete factors
design and perform an experiment for mixtures and process factors
design and perform an experiment for discrete and process factors
optimize your product or process
find the most important mixture components when experimenting
on a tight budget
when to use different types of designs for efficient, cost-effective,
yet sufficiently thorough experiments
is What Happens During the Workshop:
will work in teams of two, collecting realistic data from a
hand calculator in four exercises. Each exercise provides practice
of the methods learned. The hand calculators serve as substitute
labs and factories.
will learn to use the software during the workshop. You use
the software to design experiments and analyze your data. This
practice on real problems provides the confidence necessary
to use the methods immediately upon returning to work.
you learn is practiced during the workshop. Everything taught
is demonstrated by real examples. Questions are encouraged.
You won't have any homework.