Background The Project Result
Time spent: 8 months
A reshuffle of a large manufacturing company into business units and later independent companies took place. For logistic reasons the Sheet Metal Department, including the welding department needed to relocate. The Sheet Metal Group became an Aerospace Company, a producer of aircraft engine parts.
About 65 % turnover was due to sheet metal processing, including welding. The back bone of the sheet metal department was welding.
The relocation of the sheet metal department was already planned. The company had underestimated heavily the amount of work to relocate the welding department (5 spot welders, 5 GTAW welding booth’s, 1 stud welder, microscopy shop).
The need for a new power line and shielding gas equipment caused extra complications. A new power line is stipulated as a major change and all equipment needed to be calibrated as for new equipment and all welding schedules had to be proven. The relocation had to be carried out under military inspection.
A team, led by Hans van Veen was formed (arc welder, spot welder, quality engineer, metering engineer and welding engineer) to make movement smoothly. Actions after brainstorming:
1st spot welder ==> 5 months, 2nd spot welder ==> 1 month.
Time to set up a welding schedule: 3 days ==> 4 hours (due to the DoE approach and an integral spreadsheet form).
The relocation was finished according to the original planning.