Tuning Parameter Tolerance Design: Foundations, Methods, and Measures Academic Article uri icon


  • In this paper, a novel technique is presented to solve tolerance design problems. To achieve the desired performance tolerance, the technique uses a subtle, but significant, change in the design: the addition of a tuning parameter in place of an increase in component precision. Statistical models are used to develop a framework for the tuning parameter design method. Also developed is a new, dimensionless design metric which ranks candidate tuning parameters. A step-by-step method is developed for the application of tuning parameters using this metric. The step-by-step tuning parameter design method is applied to a heavy-duty manual stapler as a clarifying example.

author list (cited authors)

  • McAdams, D. A., & Wood, K. L.

citation count

  • 6

publication date

  • December 2000