Software Comparison Table

Overview

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Single license price $549 $1,595 $995 $995 w/o Optimization $1,995 with Optimization $249 $249
Design of Experiments Check Check Check
General Statistical Tools Check Check Check
Companion Tools Check Check
Monte Carlo Simulation Check Check

Design of Experiments (DOE)

Unique Features

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Regression Advisor Check
Automatic S-hat Modeling Check Check
Mixed Response Modeling Check

Regression Type

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Ordinary Least Squares Check Check
Weighted Regression Check
Binary Logistic Regression Check Check
Nominal Logistic Regression Check Check
Ordinal Logistic Regression Check

Independent Variable Types

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Optimize Least Squares Models Check Check Check
Optimize Binary Logistic Models Check
Optimize Nominal Logistic Models Check
Optimize Mixed (Least Squares, Binary, and Nominal) Models Check
Optimize with constraints Check

Prediction

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Predict Least Squares Models Check Check Check
Predict Binary Logistic Models Check Check
Predict Nominal Logistic Models Check Check
Predict Mixed (Least Squares, Binary, and Nominal) Models Check
Quality Measures (Cp, Cpk, dpm, etc.) Check

Charts

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Pareto of Regression Coefficients Check Check Check
Interaction Plot Check Check Check
Main Effect Plot Check Check Check
Thumbnail Plot Check Check Check
Surface and Contour Plot Check Check Check
Residual Plots Check Check Check

Design Types

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Design Wizard Check Check
2-Level Full/Fractional Factorial Check Check Check
3-Level Full Factorial Check Check Check
N-Level (mixed) Factorial Check Check
Central Composite (CCD) Check Check Check
Box-Behnken Check Check Check
Plackett-Burman Check Check Check
Taguchi Check Check Check
Custom Check Check
D-Optimal Check Check
Mixture Check

Design Features

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Blocking Check Check
Folding Check Check
Automatic S-hat model Check Check
Table Format Check Check
Stacked Format Check Check
Randomization Check Check Random string only
Add Center Points Check Check

General Statistics Tools

Data template

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
One factor Check
Two factors Check
Specification limits Check
X-Axis column Check
Random data Check
Select multiple analysis on sheet Check
Analyze template Check

Control Charts

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
XbarR Chart Check Check Check
XbarS Chart Check Check Check
IMR Chart Check Check Check
p Chart Check Check Check
c Chart Check Check Check
np Chart Check Check Check
u Chart Check Check Check
Ability to add points to existing charts Check Check Check
Assign labels to X Axis of control chart Check Check Check
Custom out-of-control checking Check Check Check
Custom Control Limits Check Check Check
On-sheet scrolling controls Check
StDev estimate options Check Check
Scroll control charts Check Check Check
Split limits Check Check Check
Outliers Check Check Check

Cpk

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Spec limits Check Check Check
Spec limits linked to cell Check
Spec limits are boundaries Check Check
Plot target value Check Check
Ppk curve Check Check Check
Cpk curve Check Check
Both curves Check Check
Multiple charts Check Check
Overlaid charts Check Check
StDev estimate options Check Check
Cp Check Check
Lower CI bound for Cp Check Check
Upper CI bound for Cp Check Check
Cpl Check Check
Cpu Check Check
Cpk Check Check
Lower CI bound for Cpk Check Check
Upper CI bound for Cpk Check Check
Pp Check Check Check
Ppl Check Check
Ppu Check Check
Ppk Check Check Check
Observed Defects ( < LSL) Check Check
Observed Defects ( > LSL) Check Check
Observed Defects ( Total ) Check Check
Short Term Defects ( < LSL) Check Check
Short Term Defects ( > LSL) Check Check
Short Term Defects ( Total ) Check Check
Long Term Defects ( < LSL) Check Check
Long Term Defects ( > LSL) Check Check
Long Term Defects ( Total ) Check Check Check
Sample size Check Check Check
Mean Overall Check Check Check
Stdev Overall Check Check Check
Stdev Within Check Check
Min Check Check
Max Check Check
Updatable Check Check

Histogram

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Distributions fit: Normal Check Check Check
Distributions fit: Exponential Check Check
Distributions fit: 2-Parameter Weibull Check Check Check
Distributions fit: 2-Parameter Exponential Check Check Check
Distributions fit: 2-Parameter Gamma Check Check
Distributions fit: 2-Parameter Logistic Check Check
Distributions fit: 2-Parameter LogLogistic Check Check
Distributions fit: 2-Parameter LogNormal Check Check
Distributions fit: 3-Parameter Gamma Check Check
Distributions fit: 3-Parameter LogNormal Check Check
Distributions fit: 3-Parameter Weibull Check Check
Overlaid charts Check
Spec limits Check Check
Spec limits linked to cell Check
Updatable Check Check

Scatter Plot

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Overlaid charts Check Check
Selectable X and Y columns Check Check
Linear regression line Check Check Check
Logarithmic regression line Check Check Check
Polynomial regression line Check Check Check
Power regression line Check Check Check
Exponential regression line Check Check Check
Extrapolate Model Check Check Check
Regression analysis Check Check
On-sheet prediction Check
Updatable Check Check

Pareto

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
2D columns Check Check Check
2D columns with cum. line Check Check Check
3D columns Check Check Check
Pareto report Check Check Check
Maximum number of bars Check Check Check
‘Others’ group Check Check Check
‘Custom ‘Others’ group caption Check Check Check
Sort bars Check Check Check
Sort datasets Check Check
Multiple pareto charts Check
Grid of pareto charts Check Check
Updatable Check Check

Dot Plot

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Multiple datasets Check Check Check
Two dimensional plot Check Check
Summary stats Check Check
Updatable Check Check

Box Plots

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Minimum Check Check Check
Maximum Check Check Check
Mean Check Check
Outliers Check Check
Suspected Outliers Check Check
Gap between bars Check Check
Box height: Interquartile range Check Check Check
Box height: Custom Check Check
Custom Whiskers type Check Check
Updatable Check Check

Distribution Fit

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Normal Check Check
Exponential Check Check
2-Parameter Weibull Check Check
2-Parameter Exponential Check Check
2-Parameter Gamma Check Check
2-Parameter Logistic Check Check
2-Parameter LogLogistic Check Check
2-Parameter LogNormal Check Check
3-Parameter Gamma Check Check
3-Parameter LogNormal Check Check
Updatable Check Check

Multi-Vari Charts

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Mean Check Check
Median Check Check
Minimum Check Check
Maximum Check Check
Show range line Check Check
Connect means Check Check
Group mean Check Check
Grand mean Check Check
Standard deviation Check Check
Updatable Check Check

Hypothesis tests

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Advisor Wizard Check Check
Auto Test Check
One sample t-Test Check Check Check
Two samples t-test Check Check Check
Paired t-test Check Check Check
One-way ANOVA Check Check Check
Two-way ANOVA (Crossed) Check Check
Two-way ANOVA (Nested) Check Check
F-test Check Check Check
Levene’s test Check Check
Bartlett’s test Check Check
1-Sample Sign Check Check
1-Sample Wilcoxon Check Check
Friedman Check Check
Mood’s Median Check Check
Kruskal-Wallis Check Check
Mann-Whitney Check Check
One proportion test Check Check
Two proportions test Check Check Check
Contingency Table Check Check Check
Multiple response regression Check Check
Correlation matrix Check Check Check
Power test for one sample t-Test Check Check
Power test for one sample t-test Check Check
Power test for two samples t-test Check Check
Power test for paired t-test Check Check
Power test for one-way ANOVA Check Check
Power test for variance Check Check
Power test for one proportion test Check Check
Power test for two proportions test Check Check
Confidence Intervals Check Check Check
Custom alpha level Check Check
Custom confidence level Check Check
Show box plot Check Check
Show dot plot Check Check
Updatable Check Check

Measurement System Analysis

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
ANOVA Check Check Check
XbarR Check Check Check
Nested ANOVA Check Check Check
Attribute: Crosstabulation Check Check Check
Attribute: Analytic method Check Check
Gage Performance Curve Check Check
Gage Linearity Check Check
Bias Check Check Check
Stats Advisor Check
Updatable Check Check

Decision Trees

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Check

DSM

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Create matrix Check
Edit matrix Check
DSM Navigator Check
Sequence Check
ALAP and AEAP Check

Component swapping

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Check

Stack Columns

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Check Check Check

Unstack columns

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Check Check Check

Random Numbers

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Normal Check Check Check
Exponential Check Check
Uniform Check Check Check
Triangular Check Check
Log-Normal Check Check
Weibull Check Check Check
Gamma Check Check
Logistic Check Check
Log-Logistic Check Check
Uniform Discrete Check Check Check
Poisson Check Check
Binomial Check Check
Binary Check Check
Table format Check Check
Group By format Check Check
Generator per column Check Check
Chi-Square Check
F Check
t Check
Geometric Check
Hypergeometric Check
Integer Check
Beta Check
Cauchy Check
Laplace Check
Largest Extreme Value Check
Smallest Extreme Value Check

Other features

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Excel data source Check Check
‘Group by’ data source Check Check
SQL data source Check
SmartSelect Check Check
CNX Template and diagram Check
Discrete distribution calculator Binomial Check Check
Continuous distribution calculator Normal, Weibull Check Check
Main Effects Plot Check Check
Run Chart Check Check
Cumulative Sum Chart (CUSUM) Check Check
Product Capability Report Check
Xbar +/- 3s Chart Check

Reliability Tools

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Uncensored Parametric Analysis Check Check
Exact, Left, Right, Interval Cencored Analysis Check Check
Maximum Likelihood Estimation Check Check
Goodness of Fit Measures Check Check
Reliability Plots: hazard, survival, pdf Check Check
MTBF and Percentile Analysis Check Check

Companion Tools (FMEA, QFD, and Pugh Concept Selection)

QFD

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
QFD Wizard Check Check
Create PCM matrix Check
Edit PCM matrix Check
Sort PCM Check
Pareto PCM Check
Create House of Quality Check Check
Edit HOQ Check Check
Sort HOQ Check Check
Sort HOQ Check Check
Pareto HOQ Check Check

Pugh matrix

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Create Check Check
Edit Check Check
Sort Check Check
Create chart Check Check

FMEA

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Create matrix Check Check Check
Current process controls Check Check Check
Recommended actions Check Check
Action results Check Check Check
Add/Remove group Check Check
Add/Remove failure mode Check Check
Add/Remove failure cause Check Check
Top 20 pareto Check Check
Custom pareto Check Check
Show/Hide columns Check Check

Monte Carlo Simulation

Model Building

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
IPO Sheets Check
Import from DOE Pro Check
Any cell can be input/output Check Check
Merge and Visual Merge Check

Speed

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Monte Carlo Simulations 1 Rocket Mode Extreme Speed
Benchmark 2 1.09 Seconds (Quantum XL is up to 9X faster than Crystal Ball) 9.73 Seconds
1Both Quantum XL and Crystal Ball use external calculation engines to speed up simulations in Excel. Quantum XL’s is called “Rocket Mode” while Crystal Ball’s is called “Extreme Speed”. 2Test platform: Vista, Excel 2007 SP2, 1GB RAM, CPU Intel 3.00GHz Tested Model: Crystal Ball Examples Guide > ‘Cell Phone’ Number of simulations run: 1,000,000

Monte Carlo Statistics

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Normal Distribution Stats Check Check
Count out of spec Check Check
Percentile Stats Check Check
Export EVA Raw Data Check Check

Monte Carlo Features

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
N=10K to 1 Million Simulations Check Check
Tolerance Allocation Table Check
Sensitivity Analysis Check Check
Latitude Plot Check
Option for Embedded Histograms Check Check
Percent Contribution Check Check
Descriptive Sampling Support Check Check
Native Mode Monte Carlo Check Check
Input/Output Manager Check Check

Optimization

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Optimize single output Check Additional $1,000
Reduce dpm across multiple outputs Check Additional $1,000
Optimize on Cp, Cpk, Median, dpm, etc. Check Additional $1,000
Optimize with constraints Check Additional $1,000
Advanced Optimization Technology Check Additional $1,000

Supported Distributions

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Normal Check Check
Exponential Check Check
Uniform Continuous Check Check
Triangular Check Check
Log-Normal Check Check
Logistic Check Check
Log-Logistic Check Check
Weibull (3 Parameter) Check Check
Uniform Discrete Check Check
Poisson Check Check
Binary Check Check
Binomial Check Check
Empirical Distribution Check Check
Custom Continuous Distribution Check Check
Custom Discrete Distribution Check Check

Sampling Matrices

Quantum XL Minitab Quality Companion Crystal Ball SPC XL DOE Pro
Latin Hypercube Sampling (LHS) Check
Descriptive Sampling Check

Note:

* Minitab version v18 used for comparison * Quality Companion v3 used for comparison * Quantum XL 2016 used for comparison