AWS - CMWS:2005

Certified welding supervisor manual for quality and productivity improvement

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Organization: AWS
Publication Date: 1 January 2005
Status: inactive
Page Count: 446
ICS Code (Welding, brazing and soldering in general): 25.160.01
ISBN (print): 0-87171-029-3

process, welding supervisors hold a unique position. To begin to understand the welding supervisor and his duties, it is important to understand his unique position. Most companies have supervisors. They may be called team leaders or managers, but their role is the same. A supervisor provides workers their assignments, makes sure they have the tools, materials, and training to do their work, provides support, and monitors them throughout their work shift. The result of effective supervision is each worker is efficient and produces only quality work. With effective supervision, production workers achieve higher levels of productivity and quality. With the day-to-day pressures of getting production out, how a supervisor should function and the results expected are lost. In many production environments, supervisors, including welding supervisors, are expediting parts, chasing paperwork, filling out unnecessary reports, and performing other nonsupervisory duties, which take them outside of their assigned department. This leaves production workers unsupervised for long periods of time. This results in lack of communication and support, leaving welders with the feeling that they are on their own. Problems that they encounter must be handled with the hope that the results will be acceptable. In many cases, welding supervisors have limited understanding of the technical aspects of welding and, therefore, are unsure of their ability to provide direction and support to the welders. This situation has unwittingly limited the amount of daily support the welder receives. Company management may not realize the detrimental affect when welding supervisors are not properly trained or assigned to perform essential duties, which can lead to improved quality and productivity on each shift. Any training course for welding supervisors should address a welding supervisor's need both for technical and managerial training to develop the skills to perform his job in the most professional manner. This leads to improved results in both quality and productivity. This Certified Welding Supervisor Manual for Quality and Productivity Improvement recognizes that the welding supervisor has an important role in the operations of any company that does welding. To fully understand and appreciate his role, the supervisor must first understand some of the different management systems currently used by manufacturing companies. The management systems used by companies are numerous and varied. To maintain a manageable review of these systems, this manual will consider only those systems that are most widely used and have the most impact on welding operations. The systems that will be reviewed are: 1. No System-System. Some companies do not have a comprehensive management system, but instead follow an undocumented "way of doing things." Their No System has evolved over the time that the company has been in existence. This system exists in a wide variety of companies and may describe the approach used in your company. 2. Lean Manufacturing. This management system brings a variety of techniques and tools to all types of manufacturing companies, including welding companies. Lean Manufacturing is a broad-based management system that has been designed for all types of manufacturing environments. The primary focus of Lean is to reduce or eliminate waste or non-value added steps in all processes, including design, administration, and sales. 3. Total Quality Management (TQM). This is a management system that focuses on all the measures necessary to meet the quality requirements of a customer. This system has evolved over many years and is manifested in a number of different ways. TQM is a system that extends beyond manufacturing and incorporates all functions involved in assuring that the customer gets the quality product or service that he expects. 4. Total Welding Management© (TWM).1 Total Welding Management is an approach to improving welding operations that uses the Barckhoff Welding Management System© and The Barckhoff Method©2 to focus on the critical company functions, key results areas, and welding goals to achieve improved quality and productivity. It was developed for companies that do welding, but has been successfully applied in other production environments. A principle of TWM is to align the organization to serve the welder with the tools needed to achieve consistently high levels of quality and productivity


Indispensable self-study guide for the new AWS Certified Welding Supervisor certification examination. Also will appeal to everyone concerned with enhancing productivity in the welding workplace.... View More

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January 1, 2005
Certified welding supervisor manual for quality and productivity improvement
process, welding supervisors hold a unique position. To begin to understand the welding supervisor and his duties, it is important to understand his unique position. Most companies have supervisors....