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Measurement Systems Analysis (VDA 5)

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Seminar Content

This two-day course provides:

  • Practical basic knowledge of the Measurement System Analysis: goals, approach, evaluation, assessment.
  • Sound and applicable knowledge of statistical analysis of measurement systems using Solara (Q-DAS).
  • Overview of the most important similarities and differences in the procedures according to VDA 5 and MSA 4 (AIAG).

The course is a dynamic, practice-oriented training with minimal lecture, in which about half of the teaching time is used for discussions and practical exercises.

Who Should Attend

Quality Managers, Quality System and Lab Technicians, Management Representatives, Internal Auditors who audit MSA and persons responsible for planning, using and maintaining measurement systems. Engineers and individuals responsible for process improvement

Seminar Materials

Each participant receives a seminar manual including exercises. If possible, seminar participants should have a laptop with a full or demo version of Solara (Q-DAS) at their disposal, but at least one computer for every four participants.

Recommended Training and/or Experience

Process, Product or System audit experience is recommended.

Seminar Goals

  • What is a Measurement System Analysis?
  • What is the purpose of the analysis, how does it work?
  • MSA procedure.
  • Meaning of the individual elements such as resolution, linearity and measurement stability.
  • The methods for determining the capability of measurement processes.
  • Statistical evaluation of the processes with the Solara software.
  • Evaluation of the results.
  • Dealing with incapable measuring systems.
  • Assessment of attributive measuring systems.
  • How does VDA approach relate to the measurement system analysis according to MSA 4?

Seminar Outline

  • Introduction
  • The effects of capability studies
  • The measurement process
  • Measurement errors
  • Capability of measurement processes
    • Resolution
    • Measurement standards
    • Linearity
    • Stability
    • Type 1 Study: Systematic measurement error, repeatability, Cg and Cgk
    • Type 2 Study: %GRR with appraiser variation
    • Type 3 Study: Measurement systems without appraiser influence
  • Non-capable measurement systems
  • Conditional release
  • Attribute measurement processes
  • MSA 4 and VDA 5


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