X bar R Chart Formulas

The X bar R chart can help you evaluate the stability of processes using variable data--time, cost, length, weight when you have 2 to 10 samples per period.

Here are the X bar R chart formulas used in the QI Macros for both the Range and Average (Xbar) charts.

XbarR chart formulas

Conforms with ANSI/ASQC B1, B2, B3 1996

Process: Calculate, plot, and evaluate the range chart first. If it is "out of control," so is the process. If the range chart looks okay, then calculate, plot, and evaluate the X chart.

Note: Some people wonder why the QI Macros results are a tiny bit different from some versions of other software. The answer is that they use a different estimator. Donald Wheeler in Advanced Topics in Statistical Process Control says: "Even though the Pooled [Standard Deviation] estimator is common in many applications, the robustness of Rbar/d2 and Sbar/c4 makes them the preferred estimators for use with process behavior charts."

Furthermore, Minitab started using Pooled Standard Deviation to calculate Cp/Cpk, and control limits on XbarR and XbarS charts in versions 15 and 16. Minitab 17 went back to Rbar/d2 and Sbar/c4 for XbarR/S control limits, but retained pooled stdev for Cp/Cpk calculations when using multiple samples.

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