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Course overview:  

This course covers the requirements for AS13003 - Measurement System Analysis for the Aero Engine supply chain. This course outlines the competitive advantages of an effective Measurement System Analysis (MSA) process along with the benefits of reduced costs due to poor measurement.

MSA provides a method enabling organisations to understand the variation present in their measuring systems. This variation can impact both variable and attribute measurement systems. A high level of confidence is required for the measurement of product and process characteristics. Implementation of an effective MSA process forms one of the key foundation activities in support of this goal.

This course has been endorsed by Rolls-Royce civil aerospace and the AESQ as meeting the requirements for supplier training to the AS13003 standard.

Who should attend:  

This course is designed for Process Design Practitioners, Process Improvement Teams, Implementation Teams, Internal Auditors and others involved in the implementation or auditing of Measurement Systems Analysis.

Benefits and Learning Objectives:  

MSA is used when an understanding of measurement system variability is required. MSA studies will decompose measurement system variability into equipment, operator and part variation. It is often mandated by aerospace and other engineering primary manufacturers as a specific requirement on their suppliers to give them confidence in the measurements that are being taken and reported by the supplier.

MSA will support understanding measurement system performance and allow any performance limitations to be actioned appropriately by the organisation.

Delegates will become competent in implementing, undertaking and auditing MSA including studies for variable and attribute data.

Implementation of MSA will support improved customer satisfaction, reduced cost of quality and improved problem solving robustness.

Topics covered: 

  • System for defect prevention 
  • Purpose of Measurement System Analysis (MSA)
  • Requirements from AS13003 and AS9145 
  • Linkages to zero defects
  • Data types 
  • Choosing measurement system analysis types
  • Calibration vs MSA Understanding variation and resolution 
  • Sample selection, sample numbers 
  • Within part variation 
  • Fixtures and flexible components 
  • Appraiser selection
  • Accuracy, bias, linearity, stability and precision
  • Repeatability and reproducibility 
  • Study approaches - Variable and Range 
  • Factors driving measurement 
  • Average and range study (tolerance study)
  • Acceptance criteria (TOL study)
  • Mitigation for poor results
  • Gauge study relationships 
  • Resolution checking and accuracy ratio 
  • Feature categories 
  • Resolution and accuracy acceptance criteria 
  • Number of distinct categories (NDC)
  • When MSA should be applied and pre-requisites 
  • Study planning and training 
  • Environmental impacts 
  • Average and range study (total variation)
  • Understanding variation sources (EV, AV and PV)
  • Analysis of results and Mitigation strategies 
  • Acceptance criteria (TV study)
  • Gauge study relationships 
  • Anova study
  • Limitations of measurement 
  • Statistical software 
  • Benefits of graphical representation 
  • Nested studies (destructive testing - non repeatable)
  • MSA read across 
  • Gauge R&R for coordinate measuring machines (CMM)
  • CMM programme verification 
  • Attribute studies 
  • Visual inspection 
  • Attribute Agreement Analysis - Kappa study 
  • Acceptance criteria (Kappa study)
  • Gauge performance curves


Upon completion of the course you will receive an Industry Forum AS13003 MSA Practitioners Certificate.

Why choose Industry Forum:  

Industry Forum helps major global manufacturers understand, optimise and improve both manufacturing capability and business performance.

An integrated team of consultants and practitioners – all seasoned expert engineers with multi-sector manufacturing experience – Industry Forum brings together a world-class combination of improvement competency, insight, process and best practice.

Spanning automotive, aerospace, consumer appliance, electronics and food sectors, for over 20 years Industry Forum has planned and delivered some of the world’s most consistent and successful transformations for business-critical manufacturing operations.

Our trainers are expert practitioners in Aerospace Management Systems with hands-on industrial experience and highly developed communication skills.

They have a wealth of technical expertise and often provide on-site advice and coaching. During every course we will encourage collaboration and sharing of practical experiences, ensuring learning can be put into context and empowering delegates to apply their new skills successfully in their workplace as well as making sustainable improvements.

Training can be offered either through open courses or in-house to suit the customer requirements.

Course booking details:  

Please note that the following dates will only run subject to sufficient bookings being received.

Date & Time Company Venue Cost Availability Take Action
15/03/2021 - 16/03/2021
08:30 - 16:30
SMMT Industry Forum Virtual (US Central time) £475 Spaces Available Book
20/04/2021 - 21/04/2021
08:30 - 16:30
SMMT Industry Forum Virtual (UK time) £475 Spaces Available Book
21/06/2021 - 22/06/2021
08:30 - 16:30
SMMT Industry Forum Virtual (UK time) £475 Spaces Available Book
13/09/2021 - 14/09/2021
08:30 - 16:30
SMMT Industry Forum Virtual (UK time) £475 Spaces Available Book
08/11/2021 - 09/11/2021
09:00 - 17:00
SMMT Industry Forum Virtual (Asia CST) £475 Spaces Available Book

Important information

If you are booking an instructor led class and the venue states ‘Virtual’ then please see the technical requirements below. Please note that this technical requirements below does not apply to eLearning courses :

Virtual Class Technical Requirements

To access a virtual class you must have the following:

  • A PC or laptop with good (1Mbps or more) internet access
  • A microphone and speaker or headset (recommended)
  • Webcam (preferably)
  • A Chrome web browser
  • Ability to access Google drive (you do not need a personal account but your laptop / PC must not block access

Further information