Remarkable technology enters our home via household appliances. Microwave ovens, vacuum cleaners, and dishwashers are all direct descendents of the scientific and mathematical research done decades, and even centuries, earlier.
Statistical Process Control (SPC):
William Edward Deming (American, 1900-1993) was a pioneer of Statistical Process Control (SPC). He led the transformation of Japanese industry from post World War II ruin to an innovative global leader.
SPC uses statistical techniques to measure and manage the quality of manufactured consumer items such as household appliances. Innovative use of classical mathematics has dramatically increased factory productivity and lowered prices.