Improved productivity by reduced variation in heavy welding industry
(English)In: The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, ISSN 0268-3768, E-ISSN 1433-3015Article in journal (Other academic) Accepted
The purpose of the research conducted is to describe the consequences of variation in the welding industry and the effect it has on manufacturing productivity. The potential has shown to be hidden in unnecessarily stringent requirements and over-processing. The case study has investigated the process in steps: customer requirements, design and analysis, preparation, production, and assessment. The effect of variationin each step has been analysed including estimating its productivity improvement potential. Theoretically, in a perfect situation, with customized requirements and eliminated variation, more than half of all welding could be removed. Such a reduction is certainly neither practical nor possible, however a sensible, controlled reduction could still have avery high impact. The financial implications are therefore substantial. The improved productivity of the manufacturing resources could be used for business development and increased production. To be able to realize the potential, interdisciplinary efforts are necessary. Management across different functions need to agree on the intended product life and make decisions thereafter.
Variation, weld, productivity, fatigue, interdisciplinary, requirements
Manufacturing, Surface and Joining Technology
Research subject Production Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-9337OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-9337DiVA: diva2:925614
ingår i avhandling2016-05-022016-05-022016-10-31Bibliographically approved