Pro-ENBIS Mid-Term and Year 2 Periodic Report

Table of contents

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Objectives and Strategic Aspects
  3. Scientific and Technical Assessment - Comparison of Achieved Objectives and Stated Objectives
  4. Workpackage 1:Design of Experiments
  5. Workpackage 2: Data Mining/Data Warehousing
  6. Workpackage 3: General Statistical Modelling, Process Modelling & Control
  7. Workpackage 4: Reliability, Safety & Quality Improvements
  8. Workpackage 5: Discovering European Resources and Expertise
  9. Workpackage 6: Drafting & Initiating Further Activity
  10. Workpackage 7: Management Statistics
  11. Workpackage 8: Network Management including comments from Web Master
  12. List of Deliverables
  13. Plans for Use and Dissemination - Commercial Exploitation & Targeted Audience
  14. Management and Co-ordination Aspects
  15. Conclusions
  16. Annex I Project Progress table
  17. Annex II Estimation of Man-hours table
  18. Annex III Project Meetings and Attendance list spreadsheet
  19. Annex IV Budget

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Overview of the Project

The vision of the project was to set up a network of business and industrial statisticians made up from organisations within Europe dedicated to promote the use of industrial statistics.

The network would provide a focus for the sharing of experience and expertise and dissemination of case-study material within Europe and would provide a platform for further collaborative activity, including consultancy, training and research.

The medium for this would be industrial visits, workshops and seminars carried out throughout Europe. The results of collaborative activity and promotion of the Thematic Network would be illustrated via published collaborative journal papers, conference papers and articles published in the popular press. A series of case studies has been drawn up to demonstrate best practice. There has also been activity to discover European resources and expertise dedicated to finding the statistical resources already available in the European Community and preparing lists of journals. Further activity has been directed to drafting and initiating further activity including drawing up a list of potential partners for a European Training Network and a list of partners for European Business to a Business Mentoring Scheme.

Results of the project are posted onto the Pro-ENBIS web site at http://pro.enbis.org.

With this in mind the project has been grouped together under various workpackages, each with a dedicated workpackage leader. This report will in detail outline the activities originally planned for the Thematic Network, detail how these have been addressed and give a status report of work in progress and future planned activity, any variation from the original plan will be justified.

Rationale for Pro-ENBIS

The objective of the Thematic Network was to improve quality throughout European businesses by assisting them to implement cutting edge statistical techniques, such as designed experiments, statistical process control, data mining techniques and six sigma. The project will provide a focus for improving the methods needed to underpin the future development of manufacturing standards in Europe. The network will develop working strategies to help European industry to apply the most up to date methods of process measurement and control.

General workshops and seminars have been held to provide the opportunity for inter-disciplinary information exchange, to foster new collaborations and proposals for new projects. Industrial visits are aimed at fostering new research collaborations and at demonstrating best practice.

Future Activities

The network is combining to draft a new journal that concentrates on application -based case-study material; to found a European Business to Business mentoring scheme helping small to medium sized companies; to initiate a European Measurement System Audit Programme to develop and eventually run a series of Conferences around Europe on various applications of statistical methodology to measurement in industry and commerce. A European Training Network will also be initiated aimed at helping young graduates to gain advanced statistical skills.

A book on the State of the Art in Industrial Statistics has also been planned and an outline of the Chapters has been being drafted. The book will be published by Wiley UK, in December 2004.

An interactive computer based presentation has been developed for use in demonstrating the application of statistical techniques in a variety of industry sectors. The presentation uses simulation and is freely available to network members. The simulation will continue to be developed and will provide an effective method of encouraging the use of industrial statistics. Some support from the EC would be welcomed for the exploitation and dissemination of this product to manufacturing industries across Europe.

Pro-Enbis is planning to submit a selection of 6th Framework proposals at the end of the project focusing on priority areas 2 & 3. The network is currently reviewing the various work-programmes and instruments with a view to submit proposals focusing on a range of activities. The aim is to continue to develop the collaborative work we have set in place during the time scale of this project.

Membership of the Network

The network is expanding and currently stands at 36 members, 10 being Principal Contractors.

In Summary

The project to date has provided a forum for the dynamic exchange of ideas and has facilitated networking amongst industrial practitioners; it has nurtured interactions and professional development both at a regional, national and international level. The project has been a focus for new methodologies for improved manufacturing standards, has sought and found collaborative agreements with related organisations (for example ESREL, DEINDE, ISI see Annex I - Project progress table for a overview of project deliverables for activities held in conjunction with related organisations). The project has emphasised the multi-disciplinary nature of problem solving through statistics; it has facilitated the rapid transfer of these techniques from teaching and research to industry. New working partnerships have been developed during the course of the project that will lead to continued sharing of ideas and future collaboration. Pro-enbis has achieved a high profile amongst industrial and business statisticians' world-wide and we envisage that members will continue to benefit in terms of research, consultancy and training opportunities from their association with the project.

Interaction with the ENBIS network:

While the direct actions sponsored by the Pro-Enbis network are only of a limited duration, it is foreseen that the activities of the network will continue under the auspices of ENBIS (European Network of Business and Industrial Statistics, http://www.enbis.org.

During the Pro-Enbis project period the membership of ENBIS has grown from 300 members in January 2002 to more than 800 members in September 2003,and the membership is still increasing. The ENBIS network extends geographically to the whole European region with national representatives in 31 European nations and with formal local networks in four countries.

The ENBIS interest groups (working groups) reflect to some extent the Pro-Enbis work packages on generic methods and problems, but also interest groups for specific industrial sectors (Pharma, non-clinical) are being established. Since April 2003 a monthly ENBIS-newsletter has been issued on the ENBIS web-site http://www.enbis.org/newsletter/overview.html

Interactions between ENBIS members take place through the newsletter, on the "Forum-pages" at the ENBIS web-site and at the annual ENBIS-conferences. Results and ideas are further disseminated through arrangement of joint conferences with other European organisations, ESREL (Safety and Reliability), ECMI (Mathematics in Industry) and with ISI (International Statistical Institute).

Poul Thyregod, the President of ENBIS


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Objectives and strategic aspects

This section constitutes a review of the overall technical and industrial objectives of the project.

The consensus of the participants of this project is that the network meets/addresses the aims of a Commission. A thematic network is designed to facilitate networking of organisations, to support co-ordinating activities, encourage the exchange, and dissemination of knowledge to optimise research efforts, reach critical mass and enhance impacts at a European level.

The network will provide substantial long-term benefits to the Community in all areas, Competitive Growth, The Environment, Public Health, Training, Employment, Science and Technology, Socio-economically, Quality of Life and Safety.

This is the first time that a group of organisations has facilitated a network of industrial statisticians in Europe, and as such represents a major step in the fight to develop the European Union into the premier economic market in the World. The benefits to industry and service organisations alike that can be gained from adoption of leading-edge statistical methods cannot be underestimated. According to Gary Crosby, GDP could be increased by as much as 15% across the board by effective use of these methods (Crosby 1979). They have provided the basis of the expansion of the Japanese Economy in the 60s and 70s (Deming 1986), and have enabled the USA to grow their economy during the 1980s. Use of these methods does facilitate European Standards development and the effective measurement of industrial and business processes.


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Scientific and Technical assessment

This section will look in more detail at the project and review the technical achievements since the start of the project. It will detail the various workpackages contained within the project. A workpackage by workpackage description of progress and a correlation between deliverables achieved to date will be made, where there is a deviance from the original workplan the workpackage leaders have been requested to supply a justification.

A spreadsheet entitled: project progress (annex.1) has been developed as a working document to give an overview of work in progress. This is shown workpackage by workpackage, by deliverable reference number and the relevant milestone.

Detailed analysis of progress to date Workpackage by Workpackage


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Workpackage Title: Design of Experiments

WP 1

Starting date :_01/01/02_______ month nr: _____1__ Duration : __36____ months

Total Effort (MD): 80

Member involved

Task description / Contribution of Member

Effort (MD):

Warwick 28

01/01/02 - 31/01/03

Organising workshops, meetings, events,

30

London School of Economics 1/02/03

Publishing papers, articles, notes

20

 

Organising network meetings on topic

30

Objectives

Dedicated to furthering the use of DoE in an industrial and commercial context. The emphasis will be on developing concepts, to be of use daily in quality and productivity improvement.

Description of work/tasks

Organising workshops, meetings, events. Publishing papers articles notes. Organising network meetings on topic

Deliverables

Milestones and criteria

Interrelation with other packages

Comments from Co-ordinator

The workpackage Leader moved from Warwick University (UK) to take up the post of professor in the department of statistics at the London School of Economics at the end of the 1st Year of the project. It was decided that the expertise of Henry Wynn was valuable to the project. It was therefore agreed that the contract would be amended (subject to the consent of all partners). A new contract was therefore drawn up and the LSE was created as a new partner with effect from 1st February 2003.

Evaluation by Work package leader: Henry Wynn (LSE)

WP1: MID-TERM SUMMARY: 1.1.02 - 30.6.03

DELIVERABLE-D1.1

"At least 2 general workshops and seminars that will provide opportunities for interdisciplinary information exchange"(by months 30)

Date

Title of workshop

Venue

26th-30th May 2002Workshop on Statistics for IndustryVarna, Bulgaria
9th January 2003Statistics and Mechanical Engineering: practical problems and methodological issuesDepartment of Statistical Sciences of University of BOLOGNA, Italy
2nd April 2003European Research on Robust DesignUniversity of Palermo, Department of Technology, Production and Managerial Engineering
30th May 2003Pro-ENBIS seminar for business held on the 2nd day of DEINDE conference on Service Quality Methods and ApplicationsIs Molas Hotel & Golf Club Conference Centre, Santa Margherita of Pula – Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
31st May 2003Pro-ENBIS Workshop for Business and Management "Designed experiments within a problem solving framework with examples in management and the service sector"Is Molas Hotel & Golf Club Conference Centre, Santa Margherita of Pula – Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
16th September 2003Six sigma SeminarRicardo Engineering, UK
13th and 14th May 2004Design of experiments -– Benefits to industryMatforsk, As, Norway

Progress

Benefits

The successful one-day workshop in Cagliari benefited from being attached to DEINDE a conference series, which demonstrates the strong interest in industrial design of experiments in industry. Of special interest was the application of design of experiments to the service sector.

On Saturday, May 31st 2003, the day after DEINDE conference, a workshop on Design of Experiments (DoE), a major statistical methodology for Quality improvement was held. The workshop was organised by the DoE working group of PRO-ENBIS. Experts presented medium-to-large scale case studies from real world problems. The workshop was very helpful to DoE practitioners and beginners. The co-ordinator of the event was Prof. Henry Wynn from the London School of Economics

On the second day of the PRO-ENBIS workshop held in Sardinia, Italy, a 2-3 hour seminar was held and offered free of charge for participants from businesses. In this seminar international experts explained how techniques of industrial statistics can be applied to help improve services offered at a sustainable cost. The seminar was organised in the framework of the work of PRO-ENBIS.

The workshop held at Ricardo Engineering to discuss engine development activities carried out by Ricardo, which could benefit from the application of statistical methods, particularly in the field of Reliability was successful. Ricardo presented three areas of engine development (component testing, whole engine durability testing and analysis of field data in the form of warranty returns from dealers. Henry Wynn (CR28) and Chris McCollin (MB35) made constructive comments on the methods employed by Ricardo, with suggestions on statistical techniques that would assist with these activities.

The seminar in Bulgaria took advantage of the strong interest in quality improvement in the country and the invitation of Bulgarian Statistical Society (MB7). It should help with the continuing effort to introduce QI methods to the emerging industry.

The half-day meeting "Statistics and Mechanical Engineering: practical problems and methodological issues" was organised by the University of Bologna (MB26) jointly with Pro-Enbis members R. Levi (MB19) and D. Romano (MB11) in the Department of Statistical Sciences of BOLOGNA, Jan 9, 2003. The event was planned in order to meet engineers from the Faculty of Engineering involved in real life problems that require the use of statistical methods.

On April 2, 2003 Stefano Barone (MB30) gave a seminar for PhD students on "European Research on Robust Design" at University of Palermo, Department of Technology, Production and Managerial Engineering, presenting also the ongoing ENBIS - PRO ENBIS projects.

Future

The next workshop is at Matforsk in May 2004. A budget transfer from LSERS.STA (CR34) to NFRI (CR4) has been agreed with the commission to facilitate this workshop. No further major workshops are planned after Matforsk but it is likely that special seminar sessions may be attached to other conferences. Also there should be input to the proposed "road show".

Comments

The workshops are a source of training material and case studies for the ENBIS web-site.

DELIVERABLE-D1.2, D1.3

"At least 2 industrial visits aimed at fostering new research and collaborations and at least 2 industrial visits aimed at demonstrating best practice" (by months 30)

Date

Company visited

Location

1st November 2002Sauer DanfossWroclaw, Poland
10th April 2003Chiorino in STATurin, Italy
28th August 2003Volvo 3PGothenburg, Sweden
July to September 2003Volvo PowertrainSweden
During 2002 and 2003ELASIS (Fiat Research Centre)Italy
16th September 2003Ricardo UK LimitedShoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, UK

Benefits

The Chiorino visit was highly successful. It took place on the initiative of the company and the Politecnico di Torino (partner). There has been follow up in terms of training and possible research/consulting. Much was learned on both side about problems of a large range of products within a family (conveyor belts).

The Ricardo visit was very informative to both sides, Ricardo is a member of Pro-ENBIS (MB16).

Comments

Industrial visits are essential to promote design of experiments and to cross-fertilise between different industrial sectors.

DELIVERABLE-D1.4

"At least 2 case study based journal papers"(by months 24, 36)

Progress

Title

Journal

Authors

Optimal experiments for software production in the presence of a learning effectJournal of Italian Statistical SocietyDaniele Romano & Alessandra Giovagnoli
Establishing steel rail reliability by combining fatigue tests, factorial experiments and data transformationsInternational Journal of Quality, Reliability & SafetyD.J Stewardson, Maria Ramalhoto, L Da Silva, L Drewett

Benefits

Papers complete the package of conference presentation, case study material on the ENBIS web-site and should be excellent training and research material.

Future

It is very likely that more papers will be produced and some are known to be in the "pipeline".

DELIVERABLE 1.5

"At least 2 articles in the European Popular press"(by month 36)

Progress

Title

Publication in which article appeared

Authors

Quality Progress on Pro-ENBIS Management Statistics Irena Ograjensek
Statistical modeling for more efficient processes (in Dutch) Kwaliteit in Praktijk F15, pp. 1-22 R.J.M.M. Does & A. Trip

Benefits

Should be important in drawing attention to activity in design of experiments in Europe.

Future

We expect to send further articles to the press in 2004


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Workpackage Title: Data mining/warehousing

WP 2

Starting date : 01/01/02_______ month nr: _____1__ Duration : ____36__ months

Total Effort (MD): 80

Member involved

Task description / Contribution of Member

Effort (MD):

Eurandom #2

Organising workshops, meetings, events

30

 

Publishing papers, articles, notes

20

 

Organising network meetings on topic

30

Objectives

Dedicated to exposing researchers and industrialists in the field of statistics to data mining problems and tools, so that natural skills of statisticians, such as the ability to model real observational data, can be applied to data mining as well.

Description of work/tasks

Organising workshops, meetings, and events. Publishing papers, articles, notes. Organising network meetings on topic.

Deliverables

Milestones and criteria

Interrelation with other packages

Comments Co-ordinator on progress to date

This workpackage has been enhanced by the introduction of two new members in this area, both of whom are experts in the area of data mining and data warehousing . Andrea Ahlemeyer - Stubbe (MB31) from AAS Consultancy and Paolo Giudici of Pavia University (MB30). These members have been active in carrying out industrial visits and data mining/warehousing workshops. A network meeting was also held at Eurandom in April 2003.

The workpackage leader agreed to subcontract to AAS Database Management to deliver workshop(s) in Data Mining. Personnel costs will need to be verified. Scientific Officer was consulted on this matter and the budget transfer was agreed. AHSDM (MB31) has now claimed for the costs of delivering the 2 workshops held in Leipzeig, Germany in 2002 and 2003.

Evaluation by Work Package leader: Wim Sendon (Eurandom)

WP2: MID-TERM SUMMARY: 1.1.02 - 30.6.03

DELIVERABLE-D2.1

"At least 2 general workshops and seminars that will provide opportunities for interdisciplinary information exchange"( month 30)

Date

Title of workshop

Venue

31st May 2002Statistics seminar - Dead band adjustment schemes for quality control; Monitoring the adjusted processEURANDOM, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
13th-15th June 2002Data mining workshop (as part of the 2nd Industrial Conference on Data Mining ICDM´2002)Hotel Victors, Leipzig, Germany
23rd & 24th April 2003Joint Workshop on Statistical DataminingEURANDOM, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
4th & 5th July 2003Data mining workshop (as part of the 3rd Industrial Conference on Data Mining ICDM´2003)Renaissance Hotel Leipzig, Germany
1st October 2003Seminar -Data Mining Overview & ApplicationsLeuven, Belgium

Progress

Benefits

The Leipzig meetings were organised by Andrea Ahlemeye-Stubbe of Database Management, who are active partners in WP2. The workshops were notable for their wide range of applications.

B-ENBIS (B stands for Belgium) is a new national chapter of the ENBIS network and this seminar was part of its first workshop.

The EURANDOM workshop was a key event for WP2. There was active participation from European and US leaders in the field of data mining. The latter contribution was notable in forging a link with leaders in the area of statistical learning, closely related to data-mining and with the US National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) who have a strong interest in the area.

A Seminar "Data Mining Overview & Applications" held 1st October 2003, Leuven, Belgium

Future

The deliverables on full workshops are met and it is likely that more effort will be put into other deliverables and smaller-scale seminars attached to other meetings (as for the B-ENBIS meeting).

Comments

The scope of data-mining continually increases as data sets proliferate.

It is essential to share case study experience. Case study material is collected in workshops and placed on the open ENBIS web site.

DELIVERABLES-D2.2, D2.3

D2.2 "At least two industrial visits" & D2.3 "At least two industrial visits" (Months 18,30)

Progress

Date

Company visited

Location

6th March 2002AVIEVenice, Italy
10th April 2003Chiorino in STATorino, Italy
22nd May 2003Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) BankSiena, Italy
12th June 2003Hi Know Milan, Italy

Benefits

The exact division between D2.2 (new research links) and D2.3 (demonstrating best practice) is hard to make. The visit to AIVE (a software company in Mestre near Venice) had as its main purpose to highlight the potential of incorporating statistical methods and statistical datamining in the software AIVE builds for its customers. The Chiorino industrial visit discussed both detailed industrial needs and also the possibility of further high level research. The visit at HI KNOW had as its purpose to present the state of the art in data mining methodology and discuss possibilities for applying this to the working environment of this company. The industrial visit to the bank concerned the application of the latest state of the art in datamining and Bayesian networks to operational risk management. The benefits of all of these visits is to get close to the practitioners and their problems and at the same time to stimulate the introduction of best practice and new algorithms.

DELIVERABLE-D2.4

"At least 2 case study based journal papers"(by month 24)

Progress

Title

Journal

Authors

Comparing non-manufacturing with traditional applications of Six SigmaQuality Engineering 15 (1) pp. 177-182 R J M M Does, E R van den Heuvel, J de Mast & Soren Bisgaard
A proposal for managing and engineering knowledge of stochastics in the quality movementPublished in the book "Safety and Reliability" Editors T. Bedford and P.H.A.J.M. van GelderRon Kenett, Maria Ramalhoto, John Shade

Benefits

Benefits are information dissemination to professional users and/or improving the body of scientific knowledge through constructive comments and scientific discourse in the peer review of these articles.

Future

A.Di Bucchianico, J van den Bogaard of Eurandom (CR2) and H.P. Wynn of LSE (CR34),A data analytic approach to FMEA will be published Journal of Quality Technology.

DELIVERABLE-2.5

"At least 2 articles in the European Popular press"(by month 36)

Progress

Title

Publication in which article appeared

Authors

Statistical models of web mining Business Breifing: Data management and storage technology 2003, CD-ROM reference section, London: Business Breifings Ltd 2003 Paolo Giudici
Opbrengst Six Sigma overtreft alle verwachtingen (Six Sigma: a challenge for health care) Kwaliteit in Beeld 2003(2), pp. 4-6 R.J.M.M. Does, J. van den Heuvel & A.M.F. Koning

Benefits

The general benefits are to stimulate interest in the project and to advertise its use as a resource to industry.

Future

At the pro-ENBIS meeting in Barcelona there was renewed enthusiasm to write such articles with a number of "volunteers" coming forward, some with media experience.


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Workpackage Title: General statistical modelling, process modelling and control

WP 3

Starting date :___01.01.02_____ month nr: _____1__ Duration : ___36___ months

Total Effort (MD): 80

Member involved

Task description / Contribution of Member

Effort (MD):

Greenfield #6

Organising workshops, meetings, events

10

 

Publishing papers, articles, notes

10

 

Organising network meetings on topic

20

UPC #3

Organising workshops, meetings, events

20

 

Publishing papers, articles, notes

10

 

Organising network meetings on topic

10

 

   

Objectives

To improve use of process monitoring and control methods for both industry and commerce, and help companies introduce advanced techniques, via workshops and visits.

Description of work/tasks

Organising workshops, meetings, events. Publishing papers, articles, notes. Organising network meetings on topic.

Deliverables

Milestones and criteria

Interrelation with other packages

Comments from Co-ordinator

When the project began, we had not planned the detail of its implementation. Indeed, we had not met each other and the first meeting, in Brussels, was when we recruited members to the different work packages. Only after that did we consider the way we should proceed. We agreed that it would benefit the project if we developed a package of materials that could be shared among members. This would comprise computer programs that would be simulators of industrial processes together with instructional material (guides for instructors and students notes and exercises). The development of the ideas and the detailed programming and the meetings required for their evolution required many more hours of work than was originally anticipated. The main burden of the work was borne by Greenfield Research (program development) and UPC (teaching materials). The material have proved to be of great value, not only as a means of describing practical industrial statistics but also as a vehicle for forging close professional partnerships.

Evaluation by work package Leader: Tony Greenfield

WP3: MID-TERM SUMMARY: 1.1.02 - 30.06.03

With so many partners and members distributed across Europe from the UK in the west to Israel in the east, we decided to create some materials that could be shared among all participants for use in their works visits, short seminars, workshops and courses. Much effort has been devoted to developing these materials by Greenfield Research and by UPC who have worked closely. These materials (Process Training and MetaGen) have already been used in works visits, in workshops and in short courses. They can be developed further and applied more widely. They will be supplied to all partners and members of Pro-ENBIS so that they can be used for works visits and workshops of ALL working packages. We consider that the time and effort devoted to the development of these materials were very worthwhile because the materials are now available as lasting products of the project. They can be used for many years after the end of the project for training people in industry by universities, training companies and the education departments of manufacturing companies to whom they will be offered.

DELIVERABLE - D3.1

"At least 2 general workshops and seminars that will provide opportunities for interdisciplinary information exchange"(month 30)

Progress

Date

Title of workshop

Venue

22nd August 2002 Six Sigma Workshop Nissan, Tyne & Wear, UK
2nd October 2002 Industrial workshop Dupont Coatings, Darlington, UK
24th Oct 2002 Everything you wanted to know about six sigma but were afraid to ask Telewest Arena Manufacturing Exhibition, Newcastle, UK
12th December 2002 Andover seminar (DOE simulation) Fairground Hall, Weyhill, Andover, UK
Between 21st January and 4th March 2003 Pro-ENBIS Industrial Seminars Robert Bosch Braking systems
8th April 2003 Hungarian National Committee of European Organisation for Quality Banki collage, Budapest, Hungary
8th April 2003 Thematic session - (27th Conference of the Spanish society of Statistics and Operational research Conference) Lleida, Spain
6th May 2003 Club Gestion de Calidad (CGC) Annual meeting Madrid, Spain
29th & 30th June 2003 Industrial workshop Statistical aspects in the design of clinical trials Bio technology centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
3rd-5th February 2004 A minőségbiztosítás modern statisztikai módszerei (Modern statistical methods in Quality Assurance) (3rd & 4th February 2004) and Klinikai kísérletek tervezése a MetaGen programcsomag segítségével (Design of clinical trials by MetaGen) (5th February 2004) Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

Benefits

The Darlington workshop was attended by people from business and industry wanting to know more about Six Sigma. Topics presented by Dave Stewardson (CO1), Irena Ograjensek (CR29) and Greenfield Research (CR6) ranged from Design of Experiments to statistical tools of social statistics e.g. in employee opinion polls.

Future

2 workshops to be held in Budapest early 2004 - 1. Simulation of manufacturing processes for teaching DOE and SPC 2. Teaching the use of simulation for modelling and clinical trials. There are also future presentations that will lead to published papers and articles in the popular press 1 held in Coimbra (Portugal) (MB8) and Wroclaw (Poland) (MB33).

Agreement has been given by the commission to allow UEOT.DPTS (MB15) to pay the local costs of the invited speakers; Tony Greenfield (GREENF.CC) (CR6) and Ron Kennet (KPA) (MB32).

DELIVERABLES-D3.2, D3.3

D3.2 "At least two industrial visits" & D3.3 "At least two industrial visits" (Months 18,30)

Progress

Date

Company visited

Location

April 2002 Payper Leida, Spain
October 2002 Rioglass Lograno, Spain
4th February 2003 Soluziona Spain
11th March 2003 Becton Dickinson Swindon, UK
19th June 2003 Shipley Europe Limited Coventry, UK
8th & 14th July 2003 Seawards Electronics Peterlee, Tyne & Wear, UK

Benefits

The visits helped the two-way exchange of ideas and understanding. Specifically we were able to learn more about the types of issues arising in industry and the hosts learnt more about the ways in which the practical application of statistics can be beneficial.

Future

It is envisaged that one or two further visits will take place during the pro-ENBIS project. The experience gained from making the visits will ensure that other visits will take place after pro-ENBIS has been completed.

Comments

None

DELIVERABLE D3.4

"At least 2 case study based journal papers"(month 36)

Progress

Title

Journal

Authors

Control Charts: a cost-optimisation approach for processes with random shifts Journal of Applied Stochastic Models in Business & Industry András Zempléni , Miklós Véber, Belmiro Duarte and Pedro Saraiva
Statistical Efficiency - The practical perspective Quality and Reliability Engineering International QREI (volume 19, Issue 4 pages 265-272) Ron S Kenett & Shirley Coleman & Dave Stewardson
A Review of the Rate of Occurrence of Failures of the Non-Homogeneous Poisson Process In preparation Chris McCollin & Shirley Coleman
A comparison of Shewhart individuals control charts based on normal, nonparametric, and extreme-value theory Quality and Reliability Engineering International 19, pp. 337-353. M.B. Vermaat, R.A. Ion, R.J.M.M. Does & C.A.J. Klaassen
A scheme for industry - Academia interaction to enhance research and development issues Published in the book "Safety and Reliability" Editors T. Bedford and P.H.A.J.M. van Gelder. Antonio Pievatolo, Maria Ramalhoto, Oystein Evandt, Rainer Gob & Jukka Salmikuukka

Benefits

Publishing papers is an excellent way of keeping the whole community of business and industrial statisticians up to date with current and new methodology and gives ideas about handling different types of problems arising in companies. For example, the journal paper by Andras Zemplini of Eotvos University, Hungary (MB15) & Pedro Saraiva of QUAL, Portugal (MB8), published in the Journal of Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Finance focuses on the important area of paper and pulp processing.

Future

Further papers are in preparation. The collaborative work that has been carried will be of great benefit and will lead to members working together in the future.

DELIVERABLE D3.5

"At least 2 articles in the European Popular Press"

Progress

It is anticipated that the workshops to be held in Wroclaw (Poland) and Coimbra (Portugal) will lead to published papers and local news coverage. An article entitled "Rimini with ENBIS and Pro-ENBIS has been published in the December 2002 edition of the Royal Statistical Society News

Title

Publication in which article appeared

Authors
Rimini with ENBIS and Pro-ENBIS RSS News Tony Greenfield
Revenues of Six Sigma exceeds expectations (in Dutch) Kwaliteit in Bedrijf 19(3), pp. 6-10 A.M.F. Koning, R.J.M.M. Does & J. van den Heuvel

Benefits

Papers and conference presentations, although of great value, only tend to reach professionals and others committed to the field of business and industrial statistics. It is also important that the benefits of statistics are illustrated to the community at large. The RSS is received by a wide range of people as well as statisticians from other specialty areas, such as economics, medical and education. Other more general publications, such as Kwaliteit in Bedrijf are read by the wider business community.

Future

Much of the first 18 months of the contract period has been devoted to developing material, including instructional software for workshops and works visits which will be used more fully in the second 18 months of the contract period. Much of the development has involved computer programming by Greenfield Research (CR6) with input from UPC (CR3) Programmes that have been developed have been:

  1. Simulation of production processes (aluminium wheels and oil filters) for teaching DoE and SPC. The concepts behind the simulation apply to most processes and production. Aluminium wheels were chosen as they are part of the automotive industry, which is well recognised as being in the forefront of industrial statistics applications. Oil filters were chosen as UNEW.ISRU (CO1) have had long term connections with a company manufacturing filters and could advise on details to make the simulation realistic. This package is currently called Process Training. UPC are now using the material in their courses.
  2. Simulation of clinical trials, for teaching the design of trials protocols and the analysis of simulated data. This package is called MetaGen. It will enable the user to develop and compare protocols for clinical trials to discover the best protocol for any situation. MetaGen was used in a workshop presented in Tel Aviv (D3.1) with KPA ltd (MB32) to teach procedures for designing protocols and for generating data for analysis with Minitab.
  3. Eotvos University (MB15) and Coimbra (MB8) have worked collaboratively on methods for more effective process monitoring in paper and pulp processing. It is planned to continue this work to introduce further control procedures. The widespread application of these procedures was initiated at a workshop held at Banki College Budapest. It is planned to hold a three- day workshop based on the experience of the first initiative. They will utilise the software outlined above. It is envisaged that the project's achievements will be disseminated to a wide group of practitioners.

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Workpackage Title: Reliability, Safety and Quality Improvement

WP 4

Starting date :________ month nr: ___1____ Duration : ___36___ months

Total Effort (MD): 80

Member involved

Task description / Contribution of Member

Effort (MD):

IST #5

Organising workshops, meetings, events

10

 

Publishing papers, articles, notes

10

 

Organising network meetings on topic

20

IMPRO #27

Organising workshops, meetings, events

20

 

Publishing papers, articles, notes

10

 

Organising network meetings on topic

10

Objectives

To disseminate help on improving the reliability of processes, products and systems and help facilitate the philosophy of statistical thinking as applied to the World of work, via workshops and visits

Description of work/tasks

Organising workshops, meetings, events. Publishing papers, articles, notes. Organising network meetings on topic.

Deliverables

Milestones and criteria

Interrelation with other packages

Comments from the Co-ordinator

None

Evaluation by Work Package leader: Maria Ramalhoto (IST)

WP4:

To disseminate help on improving the reliability of processes, products and systems and help facilitate the philosophy of statistical thinking as applied to the world of work. The group will work to further the use of reliability modelling, in particular to help companies understand better the whole life-time issues involved in product design and how to measure this. Warranty data analysis, lifetimes, failure rates of products and systems will all come under scrutiny. The group will help people to understand how to measure these and more complex issues in an operational sense. The concept of preventative maintenance is underpinned by statistical analysis of failure rates against costs. European safety standards require valid statistical models on which to base decisions on acceptable risk levels.

WP4: Mid Term Summary: 1.1.02 - 30.06.02

DELIVERABLE-4.1

"At least 1 workshop and 2 seminars (technical sessions within major engineering conferences) to help facilitate the philosophy of statistical thinking as applied to the World of work." (by months 18 & 36)

Progress

Date

Title of workshop

Venue

14th March 2002 Industrial workshop – Modern Maintenance Strategy Matfen Hall, Northumberland, UK
15th June 2003 Pre-ESREL 2003 workshop Safety and Reliability ESREL, Maastricht, The Netherlands
17th-19th June 2003 ESREL 2003 Technical Session:Stochastics for the Quality Movement ESREL, Maastricht, The Netherlands
1st-5th September 2003 Industrial quality Control Seminar Wurzberg University, Germany

Benefits

The Maastricht Workshop was a joint event with ESRA (European Safety and Reliability Association). It involved 9 tutorial sessions and a round table discussion. The tutorials were led by practitioners and academics who are well-known specialists in risk and reliability analysis techniques and their applications to specific European industries. Each tutorial was scheduled to last two hours (three tutorials run in parallel) and provided opportunity to engage with the material and discussions with the tutor. Over 60 people from industry and academia have attended the tutorials. The Workshop ended with a Round Table on Quality-Reliability and Programs. The aim of the round table was to encourage open discussion about the challenges facing risk and reliability assessment. Some important questions have been sent to the Panellists in advance who addressed them and presented interesting case-studies from real-life risk problems.

The Technical Session on SQM in Maastricht aim were two folds: (1) to present strategies in order to improve ways to disseminate help on improving the reliability of processes, products and systems, 2 papers; (2) to present useful reliability models in engineering practice, including the ones addressing lifetime and failure rates of products and systems, 4 papers. Over 40 engineers and statisticians all over Europe and USA were present.

The Technical Session to be held in Berlin in June 2004will focus on similar issues as the Maastricht session, in order to consolidate the results achieved in the first two events.

Future

We have been successfully setting up joint events with the engineering community. That will be continued with the ESRA in Berlin 14th-16th June 2004, and with SEFI (European Society for Engineering Education) in the near future, perhaps through their official scientific journal EJEE (European Journal of Engineering Education), or through their annual conference to be held in Barcelona in 2004.

The EJEE is a very well-ranked journal in Higher Education in Europe and world-wide. That could perhaps be another efficient way of disseminating the results achieved also within the European Academic Engineering Community at undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education and training levels.

Comments

Though we have already delivered the minimum required, we might organise a joint Workshop in Portugal in 2004. In this case a couple of industrial visits will be attached to the Workshop. And they will follow the Industrial Visit Structure (IVS) mentioned in DELIVERABLE-4.2.

DELIVERABLES-D4.2, D4.3

D4.2 "At least two industrial visits" & D4.3 "At least two industrial visits" (Months 18,30)

Progress

Date

Company visited

Location
7th May 2002 BSR Corus Hartlepool, UK
21st June 2002 Seimens Trondeim, Norway
22nd April 2003 J A Hoffman Wurzburg, Germany

Benefits

The principal benefits of these industrial visits were to foster new collaboration and to demonstrate statistics best practice in the companies.

Future

We believe that "industrial visits" is a very interesting and important concept due to its potential to enhance industry and academia interactions, bridging the gap between academic research and industrial needs. That is crucial to European competitiveness. From our own experience with industry visits, and after several discussions with other Package members, we have developed an "Industrial Visit Scheme", IVS, under Quality Improvement and Innovation principles. The result of this work is already published in two papers. Improvements and questionnaires will be developed to allow IVS to become a useful tool in bridging the gap between industry and academia. The IVS implementation will follow.

DELIVERABLE-4.4

"At least 2 case study based journal papers"(by month 18 & 36)

Future

At least a couple more co-authored papers are expected to be in preparation soon.

Title

Journal

Authors

Exploratory data analysis approaches to reliability: some new directions Published in the book "Safety and Reliability" Editors T. Bedford and P.H.A.J.M. van Gelder C McCollin, Cornel Buena, Maria Ramalhoto
Assessing part conformance by coordinate measuring machines ublished in the book "Safety and Reliability" Editors T. Bedford and P.H.A.J.M. van Gelder D Romano, G Vicario

Benefits

Many authors in books and papers have discussed the role of statisticians in the quality movement. We go further, and in the context of an extended stochastic for quality movement, (SQM)

(1) extend the quality movement to other relevant areas including reliability, maintenance, innovation, etc. (2) use profiles and pattern models, (3) present a database in the context of a modern e-library organised to provide roadmaps, diagnostic tools and solutions for problems in industry, business and governmental institutions.

SQM brings together several recent research results to develop a structural approach to analysis of reliability data, and introduces some other aspects of reliability analysis i.e. data manipulation prior to analysis and analysis of multivariate and co-variate structures.

Future

An SQM Library, based on the paper by Ron S. Kenett, M. F. Ramalhoto and John Shade, "A proposal for managing and engineering knowledge of SQM", is currently under study and will be constructed.

Some improvements and questionnaires will be developed to allow IVS to become a useful tool in bridging the gap between industry and academia. The IVS implementation will follow.

A couple of papers will follow

DELIVERABLE-4.5

"At least 2 articles in the European Popular press"(by month 18 & 36)

Title

Publication in which article appeared

Authors

Statistiker kooperieren mit Firmen aus der region Wurzburg Bayerische Julius-Maximlians-Universitat Wurzburg Rainer Gob
Hochschulforum Prima Sonntag vom Rainer Gob
Uni an europaweitem Netzwerk beteiligt Main-Post vom Rainer Gob

At least a couple more co-authored papers are expected to be in preparation soon, for the popular press, perhaps in Quality Progress or so.

Interrelations with other Packages


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Workpackage Title: Discovering European resources and expertise

WP 5

Starting date :__01.01.02______ month nr: ___1____ Duration : ___36___ months

Total Effort (MD): 140

Member involved

Task description / Contribution of Member

Effort (MD):

ISRU #1

Finding Pool of expertise

20

 

List of Journals

10

 

Making links to other groups

20

 

Forming Database of learning materials

30

 

Audit of European Expertise

20

Matforsk #4

Organising workshops, meetings, events

20

 

Publishing papers, articles, notes

10

 

Organising network meetings on topic

10

Objectives

Dedicated to finding the statistical resources already available in the European Community, preparing lists of journals, providing a knowledge base of all resources available for the mentoring of European company staff, developing a European database of relevant teaching resources, organising a pan-European audit of statistical expertise

Description of work/tasks

Establishing a pool of expertise, list of journals, links to other industrial statistics groups, establishing a database of learning materials and European industrial statistical expertise. New network members will be identified during this process.

Deliverables

Milestones and criteria

Interrelation with other packages

Comments from the Co-ordinator

D5.1 A list of relevant journals was drawn up at month 12 (M5.1) with input from all members of the Network. The list is now available on the Pro-ENBIS web site at http://pro.enbis.org under the relevant workpackage. The list in a downloadable format and is secured as a password protected site

D5.2 A list of links to other industrial statistics groups was drawn up at month 18 (M5.2) in consultation with the other members of the Network. It includes lists of Industrial Statistics, Statistics Institutions, University Departments, National bodies and Statistical SocietiesThe list is now available on the Pro-ENBIS web site at http://pro.enbis.org under the relevant workpackage. The list is available in a download able format and is secured as a password protected site.

Collaboration of the group has been excellent in discovering European resources and expertise. The web master has input the material onto the web in a clear and concise manner.


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Workpackage Title: Drafting and initiating further activity

WP 6

Starting date :___01.01.02_____ month nr: _____1__ Duration : ___30___ months

Total Effort (MD): 100

Member involved

Task description / Contribution of Member

Effort (MD):

ISRU #1

Prep for draft for running Conference

20

 

Prep for draft for running Training Network

20

 

Prep for draft for running New Journal

20

 

Prep for draft for running Business to Business support

20

 

Prep for draft for running measurement Audit

20

Objectives

Dedicated to drafting and initiating outcomes such as:

Description of work/tasks

Establishing partnerships for

  1. Drafting a European Business to Business mentoring scheme for helping SMEs
  2. Drafting a European Measurement System Audit programme
  3. Drafting a European Training Network
  4. Co-ordinating activity around founding a new European Journal
  5. Co-ordinating activity to prepare a series of Conferences around Europe

Deliverables

Milestones and criteria

Interrelation with other packages

Packages 1 to 5 and 7 feed into partnerships. Package 5 in particular defines the available resources for many of the projects.

Comments from the Co-ordinator

D6.1 A list of potential partners for a European Training Network was drawn up at month 6 (M6.1) with input from all members of the Network. The list is now available on the Pro-ENBIS web site at http://pro.enbis.org under the relevant workpackage. The list in a downloadable format and is secured as a password protected site

D6.2 A list of partners for European Business to Business Mentoring Scheme was drawn up at month 12 (M6.2) in consultation with the other members of the Network. The list is now available on the Pro-ENBIS web site at http://pro.enbis.org under the relevant workpackage. The list is available in a download able format and is secured as a password protected site.

D6.3 List of partners for a European Measurement System Audit Programme was drawn up for month 24. The list is now available on the Pro-ENBIS web site at http://pro.enbis.org under the relevant work package. The list in a downloadable formats and is secured as a password protected site.

D6.5 A draft for founding a new journal was drawn up in discussion with input from all members of the Network. The list is now available on the Pro-ENBIS web site at http://pro.enbis.org under the relevant workpackage.

Collaboration of the group has been excellent in collaborating and exploring avenues for further activity. There are many areas under discussion including running a series of European Industrial Statistics Conference. The web master has input the material onto the web in a clear and concise manner.


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Workpackage Management Statistics

WP 7

Starting date :_01/01/02_______ month nr: _____1__ Duration : __36____ months

Total Effort (MD): 80

Member involved

Task description / Contribution of Member

Effort (MD):

IBIS #32

Organising workshops, meetings, events

20

 

Publishing papers, articles, notes

10

 

Organising network meetings on topic

10

Ljubljana #29

Organising workshops, meetings, events

20

 

Publishing papers, articles, notes

10

 

Organising network meetings on topic

10

Objectives

Dedicated to furthering the use of statistics in strategic planning, operational control and marketing in an industrial and commercial context. The emphasis will be on developing concepts for ease of application within the management capabilities of European Industry

Description of work/tasks

Organising workshops, meetings, events. Publishing papers, articles, notes. Organising network meetings on topic

Deliverables

Milestones and criteria

Interrelation with other packages

Comments from the Co-ordinator

In case of the University of Ljubljana (ULJUBL.FE.SI) (CR29), agreement has been reached within this institution that the majority of funding should be spent on travel and subsistence, while personnel costs and overheads should be kept to a minimum. The agreement was based on the perceived needs (1) to facilitate networking among UL researchers and their counterparts from other partner institutions within the project, and (2) to further knowledge transfer and expert exchange among UL, partner institutions and European businesses, thereby establishing UL as an equal partner to similar research institutions and a known entity to business in Europe. Therefore, UL would welcome Commission's permission to spend up to three quarters of total planned personnel funds for travel and subsistence.

Comments from the Workpackage Leader(s) Ronald Does & Irena Ograjensek

We are satisfied with WP7 project progress up to date and are looking forward to a successful project conclusion

DELIVERABLE-7.1

"At least 2 general workshops and seminars that will provide

opportunities for interdisciplinary information exchange"(by months 18 & 30)

Progress

Date

Title of workshop

Venue

21st March 2002 Six Sigma - What do statisticians need to know about it? Department of Applied Economics at the K.U. Leuven, Belgium
25th-26th September 2002 Statistical Methods for Evaluating the Effectiveness of Advertising Facoltá di Scienze Statistiche, Universitá di Bologna, Rimini, Italy
27th September 2002 Industrial panel – How does advertising work? Facoltá di Scienze Statistiche, Universitá di Bologna, Rimini, Italy
8th and 9th October 2002 Applications of Statistics in Business and industry University of Torino, Turin, Italy
13 & 14 March 2003 Implementation of six sigma Sauer Danfoss, Denmark
14-16 April, 2003 First International Conference for Mathematics and Informatics for Industry Thessaloniki, Greece
12th June 2003 Pro-ENBIS Six Sigma Event Unipres UK limited
21st-28th June 2003 10th International Summer Conference on Probability and Statistics (ISCPS): Seminar on Statistical Data Analysis (SDA 2003)Workshop on Industrial Statistics Sozopol, Bulgaria
3rd September 2003 Seminar – European Research on Robust Design University of Palermo, Italy
15th September 2003 Seminar – statistical issues in OBD Systems Chalmers university of Technology, Sweden

Benefits

The Leuven meeting was the start of the local network on Business and Industrial Statistics in Belgium. A group of about 40 statistical practitioners felt that this could work well also on a national scale. They started bENBIS, a local initiative under the ENBIS umbrella, with the goal to meet and discuss applications, problems and new techniques, to improve networking and facilitate co-operation. The theme of the program was Six Sigma with speakers from the Netherlands and Belgium.

The Rimini workshop and course were held after the ENBIS conference. The workshop was given at the Department of Statistics of the University of Bologna (the Rimini branch). The workshop was organised in view of the recognition that measurement of consumers' responses to advertising should play a leading role in advertising strategy planning by both companies and media centres. During the course on Statistical methods for evaluating the effectiveness on advertising, sixteen course participants from six different countries listened to topics covered by 4 lectureres from university and industry. Panelists were non-academic researchers and practitioners from well-know Italian companies and media centres.

Other workshops were a fruitful exchange of experiences and opinions

Future

At least two further seminars/workshops will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark and Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2004.

Comments

The seminar in Belgium motivated a Dutch and a Danish group of statistical practitioners to start with local networks in the Netherlands (nENBIS) and Denmark (dENBIS).

The Copenhagen workshop will have as theme Six Sigma. So will the Ljubljana seminar, which will be organised as an optional extension of a Pro-ENBIS project meeting.

DELIVERABLE-7.2 & 7.3

"At least 2 industrial visits aimed at fostering new research collaborations and at least 2 industrial visits aimed at demonstrating best practice (by months 30)

Date

Company visited

Location

1st May 2002 Nissan Sunderland, UK
14th October 2002 Sauer Danfoss Wroclaw, Poland
10th December 2002 Endesa Madrid, Spain
27th June 2003 North East Chambers of Commerce (NECC) Durham, UK
20th June & 11th July 2003 Rocket Medical Tyne & Wear, UK

Benefits

The Madrid meeting was a joint effort of CNR-IMATI, Italy (MB19) and the University Rey Juan Carlos, Spain (MB13). It was an industrial visit to ENDESA. CNR-AMATI and URJC started a few years ago a co-operation with an Italian company, SNAMProgetti, aimed at implementing a decision support system to help the company in bidding for the construction of industrial plants. ENDESA was interested in this model and some refinements were made.

An industrial visit in a form of panel, entitled "How does advertising work? was held just after the course on Statistical Methods for Evaluating the Effectiveness of Advertising. Panelists were non-academic researchers and practitioners from well-know Italian companies and media centres.

The other two one day visits were meant to share ideas about the impact of statistics in industry

Future

At the moment we're not sure whether an industrial visit will take place in Ljubljana in the framework of the Pro-ENBIS meeting in April 2004 or not.

At least one other industrial visit will be held in 2004.

Comments

It was nice to see that during the visit the benefits of the decision support system could be used by another company.

Industrial visits are essential to promote statistics. It is important that we meet and talk to people from middle as well as upper management of companies to explain them the role and impact of statistics in business processes.

DELIVERABLE-7.4

"At least 2 case study based journal papers"(by month 36)

Progress

Title

Journal

Authors

Quality Quandaries' A method for identifying which tolerance cause malfunction in assembled products Quality engineering (Vol 15 No 4 pp 687-692) Soren Bisgaard & Poul Thyregod
A methodological comparison of three strategies for quality improvement International journal of quality and reliability management (IJQRM) Jeroen de Mast, R J M M Does
European Statistics Network grows rapidly: Aims to increase understanding, idea exchange, networking and professional development Quality Progress 35/12/ pp.100-101 S Bisgaard, R J M M Does & D J Stewardson

Benefits

The principal benefits of the papers will be the availability of real life examples and

an increased understanding of the role of statistics in industry, a better understanding of management about the role of statistics.

Also increased understanding of the role of statistics in industry, a better understanding of management about the role of statistics.

Future

Several co-authored papers are in preparation, some of them following a provisional research programme for WP7 (also available on the pro-ENBIS WebPages). Within the framework a series of collaborative papers are planned, addressing the question what is the contribution of statistics to management processes in organisations? From several viewpoints (historical, empirical, quality management, economics and statistical programmmes).

At least one co-authored paper will be offered to the 4th ENBIS conference. (Copenhagen,Sep''04)

Comments

Other papers might be included in Deliverable-7.5. The list will be updated at the meeting in Ljubljana.

DELIVERABLE-7.5

"At least 2 articles in the European Popular press"(by month 36)

Progress

Title

Publication in which article appeared

Authors
ENBIS in Pro-ENBIS: priloznost za okrepitev sodelovanja evropskih poslovnih in industrijskih statistikov ter podjetij (in Slovenian) Kakovost (Journal of the Slovenian Quality Association) Irena Ograjensek
ENBIS in Pro-ENBIS : priloznost za sistematicno pospesevanje razvoja poslovne in industrijske statistike v Evropi (in Slovenian) Bilten Statisticnega drustva Slovenije (Bulletin of the Statistical Society of Slovenia) Irena Ograjensek
Statistisch modelleren in de industrie Kwaliteit in Bedrijf 18(2), blz. 30-34 E.R. van den Heuvel, R.J.M.M. Does & A. Trip
Elk 'Six Sigma'-project levert 20.000 euro op. Kwaliteit in Bedrijf 18(9), pp. 12-14 J. van den Heuvel, A.M.F. Koning & R.J.M.M. Does
Procesprestatieanalyse Kwaliteit in Praktijk F18, pp. 1-23 A. Trip & J de Mast

Benefits

A lot of enthusiastic responses from people from industry

Future

Continuation of current policy.

ADDITIONAL REMARKS

The Partners will continue their efforts for this WP. From the Pro-ENBIS members from industry there is enough response that they will support this initiative. Especially UJRC, Math-X, CNR-IMATI, KPA, ISRU and VTT-Finland have made already contributions.


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Workpackage Title: Network management

WP 8

Starting date :__01/01/02______ month nr: ___1____ Duration : ____36__ months

Total Effort (MD): 460

Member involved

Task description / Contribution of Member

Effort (MD):

ISRU#1

Management - Co-ordination

180

 

Forming a web-page for the network

40

 

Maintaining up to date Web-page for network

40

 

Contacting and interacting with standardisation bodies throughout Europe

40

 

Preparing all Management reports - Final report, Published journal and conference paper compilation.

60

ISRU#1

Leading and preparing a report on the current state of the art in Measurement, Business and Industrial Statistics

60

IBIS#10

Helping to prepare a report on the current state of the art in Measurement, Business and Industrial Statistics

40

Description of work/tasks

Management of the Network

Providing and maintaining a web page

Contacting Standardisation bodies in Europe

Reporting, preparing published material.

Deliverables

Milestones

Interrelation with other packages

ALL - Co-ordination

Comments from the Co-ordinator

D8.1 Pro-ENBIS web page

The web page was identified as an area of weakness in the First Year Progress Report. Maintenance of the site had fallen behind in some respects. Immediate steps to rectify this were initiated by the Co-ordinator. This included the appointment of a dedicated Web Master for Pro-ENBIS (John Logsdon) to remedy the immediate issues, to maintain and update the web page. This has worked extremely well, regular communication is taking place between the web master and the Co-ordinator (and vice versa). There are still areas that need improvement and we have consulted with the web master to this effect and his comments are reproduced below. A consultation visit to UNEW (CO1) took place in November 2003. The meeting was very successful and a strategy for improving the website was developed. One of the major improvements planned and implemented was the transferring of tables containing details of all the deliverables (workshops, industrial visits, journal papers, articles, software and books) onto the member area of the pro-enbis website. These will be updated as more deliverable events take place.

Comments from Web Master

Following discussions at the Rimini conference and taking into account the ENBIS webmaster Jeroen de Mast's (JdM) workload, John Logsdon (JL) of Quantex Research Ltd agreed to help with maintenance, with particular emphasis on the Pro-ENBIS site. This was finally put into effect in April 2003, working closely with the project co-ordinators at ISRU. At the Barcelona conference Council meeting, JL was noted officially as (ENBIS) webmaster and made a Member of Council.

The Pro-ENBIS web site is a sub-directory of the main ENBIS web site and was developed originally by JdM with help from the developers at Taomi Internet Consultants. The site can be reached either from the ENBIS site at http://pro.enbis.org, from the sub-domain set up by TIC at pro.enbis.org or via http://pro.enbis.org. Note that http://pro.enbis.org will direct the user back to the ENBIS site.

The structure of the pro-ENBIS site follows that of the ENBIS site. Members are appointed so there is less administration but the site has rather more content that reflects the activity of the Pro-ENBIS function. There are a number of publicly available sections:

News

This contains chronological events, latest first, and is presented first to the viewer.

About Pro-ENBIS

Describes the mission of the thematic network.

Contacts

Links to the Co-ordinator, Contractors, Members and Steering Committee

Work Packages

Links to the Work Packages

EC

Acknowledgement to FP5 from the European Commission, with contract reference number.

Contact Page

Link to the Secretary and webmaster

Link to ENBIS

Link to the ENBIS site

Further sections - and links from the Work Packages - are available only to Members. These are:

News

News specifically for members only

Admin

Administrative resources

Meetings

Meetings and links to notes

Results

Links to results tables

Actions

A list of open and closed actions.

Forum

A Forum where members can discuss issues

Note that the login procedure uses an ht-access approach where the user/password are checked. This controls access to the members directory however they are accessed. All files placed in the members directory or in subdirectories require the user to be logged in. Logout can only be done by exiting from the browser.

Each Work Package has reports and some of these are available only to Members.

The Forum has so far been underused

The Meetings link lists forthcoming and historical meetings.

Uploading documents requires quite a lot of hand editing. In most cases, documents arrive in Word format, which is the standard employed by many organisations. Converting these to clean HTML requires saving as HTML, removing a lot of unnecessary coding either using automatic tools or by hand and then adding in the style-sheet links and headers so that the page lays out reasonably. Where the file is a spreadsheet and the tabular form would lead to excessive scrolling by the user - particularly horizontally - it has been converted to a linear form using a Perl script from a .CSV file. This has been done, for example, for the lists of journals (WP5.1).

The Pro-ENBIS web site (http://pro.enbis.org) evolution has continued apace, with a number of organisational changes as well as adding information to the site as and when it arrives.

Recommendations have been made to all Members as to the best format to submit data and close collaboration has continued with colleagues in ISRU and the opportunity has been taken to reformat various pages in the House style.

The main organisational changes in the Members' area have been:

1. Administration

A new section has been added which contains -

These are mainly required by Work Package Leaders.

2. Results

This page stores links to pages of results from

All these results are in a simple format.

3. Members' News

All issues that relate to Members that are not for public dissemination have been moved to a Members' News section. These include announcements of new information and results available and links. This page has been made retrospective so the old Members' information is no longer visible from the front page.

The organisational changes to the Public area have been:

1. Navigation

The FAQ and Library sections have been removed for the present. They were in any case empty and their function was largely fulfilled by results available elsewhere on the site. Should information become available, these sections can easily be re-instated.

2. ENBIS

Some of the results for Pro-ENBIS have been linked to the ENBIS site so that ENBIS members can see what is available. This has been done by symbolic links on the server so that any update to the Pro-ENBIS page is automatically reflected on the ENBIS site.

Close collaboration has also been maintained both with the main ENBIS webmaster (JdM) and the service supplier (Taomi). This has continued to ensure timely response in all these matters.

D8.2 & D8.3 6 Month Management Report and Annual Progress Report.

Feedback was received from the Scientific Officer (Meropi Paneli)

Reporting & Monitoring - steps to improve reporting procedure included use of spreadsheet in format sent by Commission with updates and regular correspondence with the Network. The spreadsheet is shown workpackage by workpackage, by deliverable reference number and relevant milestone (See Annex 1)

Industrial visits and workshops - A template was drawn up and circulated to the group in order to improve and standardise the reporting procedure. The template has also been posted onto the Pro-ENBIS web page in a downloadable format at http://pro.enbis.org. All reports for industrial visits and workshops are now being received in this format

A further spreadsheet was set up to record any additional outputs for example collaborative papers which were presented at conferences. The spreadsheet also records the level of activity of the current members, it is indexed by "A" denoting active participation and "C" denoting a contribution to the deliverable/event.

Estimation of Man Hours spent on the project 01/01/02 - 31/06/03

Please see attached table (Annex II) for an estimation of man hours spent to date.

Justification for variances has been addressed under Workpackage 3 and Workpackage 7


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List of deliverables

Annex 1 details the current list to deliverables to date. Members are actively encouraged to submit reports and updates. A standard agenda item at Network Meetings is the discussion of deliverables by Workpackage Leaders.


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Plans for Use and Dissemination

Electronic technical implementation plan - eTIP http://etip.cordis.lu/index.cfm

All partners and members of pro-ENBIS have been informed about using eTIP to record their plans for disseminating and using the knowledge gained from being part of the pro-ENBIS thematic network. The eTIP has been set up and all partners and members have been given a password to allow them to access and contribute to the eTIP. Responsibility for completing their section of the eTIP has been delegated to partners and members. This allows them to express themselves freely and add to the eTIP as and when activities and ideas arise.

Commercial Exploitation

There are numerous areas for potential commercial exploitation within the Network. Comments were sought from the partners in the Network; the following feedback was received:

Targeted audience/recipients for disseminated/transferred information

The Network has allowed new collaborative partnerships to be forged and widened the area of expertise within applied statistics in Europe. It has broken down the barriers that traditionally may have hindered the cross fertilisation of ideas and inter -disciplinary activity to occur. It has allowed stronger links with the non statistical community to be forged . In essence the real result of the project has been to allow the whole (i.e. the Network) to be greater than the sum of its parts (the members).

Below are some suggestions from the Network on how at the moment they view the results of the project to be disseminated throughout Europe:


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Management and co-ordination aspects

Project Meetings

There have been 6 main project meetings held since the beginning of the project. The kick-off meeting in Brussels, with further meetings held a host partner institutions in Portugal, Rimini in Italy, Eindehoven and recently in Barcelona and Brussels . Details of the meetings and copies of the minutes are available at the Pro-ENBIS web site, a dedicated password protected section has been set up at http://pro.enbis.org

There have been several meetings between network partners and members outside the main meetings and several deliverables of seminars and workshops detailed under the project outcomes. Activity is good and several sub-groupings are very active. We have achieved all the Mid Term milestones and deliverables as agreed and continue to deliver extra outcomes such as conference papers.

Please see Annex III attached which details the meetings held and attendance record of all of the participants in the Thematic Network

New Members

There have been several new members of the project since the beginning of the Network these are, ASDM in Germany, KPA in Israel, CAMT in Poland, University of Pavia (Italy) and The University of Nottingham Trent. It was agreed at the initial Kick off meeting that new members would be accepted if they either brought an area of expertise that was hither to lacking in the Network or if they were located in a geographical area not previously represented in the group.

We have recently also welcomed a new member from the University of Athens, the representative (Petros Dellaportes) attended the Mid Term Assessment Meeting in Brussels on the 2nd & 3rd October 2003. The new member has been set up with passwords to access the web page and sent copies of relevant documentation and spreadsheets to bring him up to speed with the project

Background to new members:

Those who have left the project

The following members have unfortunately found it necessary to withdraw from the project:

New links to other Networks and Groups


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Conclusions and possible Description of Work review

Conclusions and Comments

All partners were requested to provide the co-ordinator with a statement declaring if they wish (or do not wish) to continue with the project. Here are the responses received to date:

The mid term report and year 2 periodic report have been combined and delivered together.