# Use Excel AQL Sampling Calculator To Reduce Inspection Costs

**Acceptable Quality Level (AQL)** is the maximum percent defective (or maximum number of defects per 100 units) that can be considered acceptable. AQL is measured in *defects per 100 units*.

### Why That Matters: You only need a *small sample* to accept or reject a batch of product.

QI Macros AQL Tables take the guesswork out of choosing a sample size.

## Go Deeper: AQL Tables | Single Sampling | Zero-Based Sampling

#### To calculateĀ sample sizeĀ using AQL, you need to know:

- Lot or Batch Size of incoming or outgoing product
- Acceptable Quality Level (AQL)

Input value of 1 means 1% or 1 defect per 100 units. - Inspection Level (I, II, III - usually level II)

### AQL Sampling Calculator - Single Sampling

QI Macros calculator has drop down menus for each variable. Just click on each cell in column B to access the menus.

**Step 1 - Select the lot or batch size** by clicking on cell B3 and then the pull-down menu**.**

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**Step 2 - Set the AQL Level **(typically 1, but can vary**)** by clicking on cell B4 and then the pull-down menu.

**Step 3 - Set the Inspection Level** (typically II) in cell B5.

**NOTE:** *ALWAYS use the click-able, drop-down menus when entering your Lot, AQL, and Inspection Level.*

The template will look up the Sample Size (5) and accept/reject levels (0/1) from the AQL Table. The lot size and inspection level give the letter code "C" which gives a sample size of 5 and accept/reject of 0/1. This means take five samples and if one is defective, reject the lot otherwise accept the lot.

Our reference for the AQL Acceptance Table (Single Sampling) is: **MIL-STD-105E**.

AQL Sampling Calculator - Zero-Defect Sampling

*AQL Sampling Calculator - Zero-Defect Sampling*

Zero-Based Acceptance Sampling requires that you **accept on zero**; reject on 1.

There is no other option. It's a different table than standard AQL Single Sampling table, which might tell you, in some cases, to accept on 2 and reject on 3 defects.

**Step 1 - Select the lot or batch size** by clicking on the pull-down menu in B3**.
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**Step 2 - Set the AQL Level **(typically 1, but can vary**)** by clicking on the pull-down menu in B4.

The template will then look up the Sample Size (13), using the AQL level, based on: **MIL-STD-1916**.

**Note:** *Zero-based acceptance sampling gives a higher sample size than the AQL Table, but may require fewer samples than AQL sampling.*

### QI Macros AQL Sampling Tables

QI Macros is installed as a new tab on Excel's menu. To access the tables, click on QI Macros menu, select the Calculators drop-down found in the Lean Six Sigma Templates portion of the software, and then open **Sample Size Calculator**.

Choose from either** AQL Acceptance Table (Single Sampling)** or **AQL Zero-Based Acceptance Table**.

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