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Acceptance Sampling in Quality Control, Second Edition

By Edward G. Schilling, Dean V. Neubauer

© 2009 – Chapman and Hall/CRC

700 pages | 158 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

State-of-the-Art Coverage of the Most Widely Used Acceptance Sampling Techniques

Cohesively Incorporates Theory and Practice

Reflecting the recent resurgence of interest in this field, Acceptance Sampling in Quality Control, Second Edition presents the state of the art in the methodology of sampling and explores its advantages and limitations. The book also looks at how acceptance control can support applications of statistical process control and help in the evaluation of products.

New to the Second Edition

  • Coverage of ISO 2859 and 3951 standards and the ASTM version (E2234) of MIL-STD-105E
  • A new section on credit-based sampling plans
  • Greater emphasis on sampling schemes with switching rules
  • More extensive discussion of accept zero plans, including tightened-normal-tightened (TNT), credit-based, the Nelson monograph for c=0, and MIL-STD-1916

Providing valuable guidelines for choosing appropriate procedures, this comprehensive second edition encompasses the most widely used acceptance sampling techniques. It lucidly provides a broad theoretical understanding of the field while offering all the information needed for the practical application of acceptance sampling plans in industry.


This is a very well-presented book, covering the classic topics of inspection sampling in a thorough, lucid and insightful way. … the tasks that this book addresses remain important. … it is very worthwhile to have this up-to-date work, one which does include a contemporary discussion of limitations and pitfalls of sampling, as well as of benefits. … This book is an elegant and comprehensive resource for the knowledgeable user, and so well written that the beginner will also find it congenial and rewarding …

—John Shade, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A, Vol. 174, October 2011

… the second edition of the book is an excellent reference for anyone who wants to implement quality control on the factory floor.

Journal of the American Statistical Association, Vol. 105, No. 492, December 2010

… Like the first edition, this one remains a comprehensive one and includes a few new topics …This new edition continues to be equally useful for both practitioners and researchers in the arena of statistical quality control. At the end of each chapter, there are some problems, with the solutions given at the end of the text, which make it a suitable candidate for a textbook adoption. I think it will be a nice addition to your personal library!

Technometrics, Vol. 51, No. 3, August 2009

Schilling’s first edition of Acceptance Sampling in Quality Control is a classic, and is considered by many as a ‘must-have book’ for anyone working in quality control. The second edition, co-authored with Dean Neubauer, updates and improves upon the first. … There are several additions and updates to the second edition … This book is a comprehensive collection of acceptance sampling methods and is an excellent mix of theory and application. …some may tend to think that acceptance sampling is not as important as it was in the past. However, with a world economy and ever-improving technology, the relationship between customers and suppliers has changed dramatically with distance, cultures, and language all having an impact. This makes acceptance sampling as important as ever and this book as relevant as ever.

Journal of Quality Technology, Vol. 41, No. 4, October 2009

Table of Contents


Acceptance Quality Control

Acceptance Control and Process Control

Process Quality Control

Background of Acceptance Quality Control

NEW! Top 10 Reasons for Acceptance Sampling

Probability and the Operating Characteristic Curve


Random Samples and Random Numbers

Counting Possibilities

Probability Calculus

Operating Characteristic Curve

Probability Functions

Probability Distributions

Measures of Distribution Functions

Hypergeometric Distribution

Binomial Distribution

Poisson Distribution

NEW! f-Binomial Distribution

Negative Binomial Distribution

Exponential and Continuous Distributions

Weibull Distribution

Normal Distribution

Summary of Distributions

Tables of Distributions

NEW! Summary

Useful Approximations

Tests of Fit

Concepts and Terminology

NEW! Average Run Length of Type B Plans

Sample Size and Lot Size

Effect of Inspection Error



Tolerance and Confidence Intervals

Levels and Risks

Choosing Quality Levels

Classification of Defects

Measures of Sampling Plans: Terminology

Graphs of Measures

Specifying a Plan

Single Sampling by Attributes




Double and Multiple Sampling by Attributes




Further Considerations

Sequential Sampling by Attributes




Sequential Sampling for Defects per Unit

Variables Sampling for Process Parameter

Single Sampling for Process Parameter

Acceptance Control Charts

Sequential Plans for Process Parameter (sigma Known)

Sequential Plans for Process Parameter (sigma Unknown)

Cumulative Sum Charts

Bulk Sampling

Construction of the Sample


Sampling Plans

Simple Random Sampling of a Unique Lot (Components of Variance Unknown)

Sampling from Stream of Lots

Sampling by Variables for Proportion Nonconforming

Specification Limits

Assumptions and Theory




M Method

Plans Based on Sample Range

Double Sampling by Variables

Tolerance Intervals and Variables Plans for Percent Nonconforming

Sequential Plans for Proportion Nonconforming

Further Considerations

Attributes Sampling Schemes

NEW! Sampling Schemes

NEW! Quick Switching Systems

NEW! Tightened-Normal-Tightened (TNT) Plans

NEW! MIL-STD-105E and Derivative Standards




NEW! Scheme Properties

Implementation of MIL-STD-105E

Matching Individual Sampling Plans to MIL-STD-105E System Performance

NEW! MIL-STD-105 Derivatives

Further Considerations

Variables Sampling Schemes





Implementation of Form 2

Implementation of Form 1

Implementation of Plans for Range and Variability Known

Match between MIL-STD-414 and MIL-STD-105E

NEW! Conversion of MIL-STD-414 to ANSI/ASQ Z1.9

NEW! MIL-STD-414 Derivatives


NEW! ISO 3951-1

Further Considerations

Special Plans and Procedures

No-Calc Plans

Lot Plot Plans

Narrow-Limit Gauging

Mixed Variables—Attributes Plan

NEW! MIL-STD-414 Dependent Mixed Plans

Series of Lots: Rectification Schemes

Single-Sampling AOQL Plan

Dodge–Romig Sampling Scheme

Anscombe Rectifying Inspection Procedure

NEW! Credit-Based Schemes

Continuous Sampling Plans

Dodge Continuous Plans

Multilevel Plans

Tightened Multilevel Plans

Block Continuous Plans


Cumulative Results Plans

Skip-Lot Sampling Plans

Chain Sampling Plans

Deferred Sentencing Schemes

Demerit Rating Plan

Cumulative Results Criterion (CRC) Plan

Compliance Sampling

Lot Sensitive Sampling (LSP) Plan

TNT Scheme

Quick Switching System (QSS)


Simplified Grand Lot Procedure

NEW! Nomograph for Samples Having Zero Defectives

NEW! Accept on Zero (AOZ) Plans

Reliability Sampling

Censored Sampling

Variables Plans for Life Testing and Reliability

Handbook H-108

Technical Report TR 7

Administration of Acceptance Sampling

Selection and Implementation of a Sampling Procedure

Determining Quality Levels

Economic Considerations

Mandatory Standards

Computer Programs

A Basic Principle of Administration


Answers to Problems

Author Index

Subject Index

References and Problems appear at the end of each chapter.

About the Originator

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Quality Control
MATHEMATICS / Probability & Statistics / General