Inspection Error and Its Adverse Effects: A Model with Implications for Practitioners Academic Article uri icon


  • Inspection error has clearly been shown to have adverse effects upon the results desired from a quality assurance sampling plan. These effects upon performance measures have been well documented from a statistical point of view. However, little work has been presented to convice the QC manager of the unfavorable cost consequences resulting from inspection error. This paper develops a very general, yet easily used, mathematical cost model. The basic format of the well-known Guthrie-Johns model is used. However, it is modified as required to assess the effects of attributes sampling errors of the first and second kind. The economic results, under different, yet realistic conditions, will no doubt be of interest to QC practitioners who face similar problems daily. Sampling inspection plans are optimized to minimize economic losses due to inspection error. Unfortunately, any error at all results in some economic loss which cannot be compensated for by sampling plan design; however, improvements over plans which neglect the presence of inspection error are possible. Implications for human performance betterment programs are apparent, as are trade-offs between sampling plan modification and inspection and training improvement economics. 1978 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

published proceedings

  • A I I E Transactions

author list (cited authors)

  • Collins, R. D., Case, K. E., & Bennett, G. K.

citation count

  • 14

complete list of authors

  • Collins, Rufus D||Case, Kenneth E||Bennett, G Kemble

publication date

  • March 1978