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Juran's Quality Control Handbook, 4th Ed.

Juran's Quality Control Handbook Fourth Edition By J.M. Juran, Editor-in-Chief, and Frank M. Gryna, Associate Editor ISBN 0-07-033176-6 (McGraw-Hill Book Company (1988), Distributed by McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd., 1,808 pp., $112.95). This book could have been named "Everything you wanted to know about QC and were afraid to ask". To just list the topics covered, would fill the page. I can only say that it's all there and the authors have even included a section on how to use the handbook. It is certainly one of those books that you can pick up and look at a page here and a page there and always learn something new.

Juran covers most of the topics expected in a QC book. Industry today can not sample each and every component that is manufactured. Statistical techniques are needed to work from a minimal number of random samples. The use of the appropriate techniques can detect the onset of a problem. The ability to do this can maintain both production and product quality. This book has a lot of valuable, but simple techniques between those covers.

A number of distinguished authors have contributed to the success of this book. They have crammed a lot of information between the pages of this book. In spite of tight editing, most of the topics don't leave you with that feeling of frustration often encountered in books of this type.

Many QC books take you through the mathematics of normal distributions enabling you to calculate means and standard distributions. What happens when your data is not normally distributed? Section 23 covers other distributions and methods for transforming the data.

This book covers various aspects of QC from management policies through to the shop floor and on to marketing. The final section is on the interaction between QC and our society and looks in detail at the developing countries, socialist countries and the major industrialized countries. Unfortunately Canada isn't one of them.

This book is of interest to anyone who has any involvement with QC. While the entire book may not be of interest to everyone, there certainly are sections for everyone. If you are only going to have one reference book this is it.
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Author:Silbert, Marvin
Publication:Canadian Chemical News
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Date:May 1, 1989
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