Predictive Quality: Towards a New Understanding of Quality Assurance Using Machine Learning Tools

  • Oliver NalbachEmail author
  • Christian Linn
  • Maximilian Derouet
  • Dirk Werth
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 320)


Product failures are dreaded by manufacturers for the associated costs and resulting damage to their public image. While most defects can be traced back to decisions early in the design process they are often not discovered until much later during quality checks or, at worst, by the customer. We propose a machine learning-based system that automatically feeds back insights about failure rates from the quality assurance and return processes into the design process, without the need for any manual data analysis. As we show in a case study, this system helps to assure product quality in a preventive way.


Data analytics Machine learning Neural networks Quality assurance Preventive quality Predictive quality 



This work is based on Preventive Quality Assurance, a project partly funded by the German ministry of education and research (BMBF), reference number 01S17012D. The authors are responsible for the publication’s content.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oliver Nalbach
    • 1
    Email author
  • Christian Linn
    • 1
  • Maximilian Derouet
    • 1
  • Dirk Werth
    • 1
  1. 1.AWS-Institute for Digitized Products and Processes gGmbHSaarbrückenGermany

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