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Author Boekholt, Richard, author.

Title The welding workplace : technology change and work management for a global welding industry / Richard Boekholt.

Publication Info. Cambridge, England : Abington Pub., 2000.


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 Axe Elsevier ScienceDirect Ebook  Electronic Book    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (xv, 207 pages) : illustrations
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computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
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Series Woodhead Publishing Series in Welding and Other Joining Technologies
Woodhead Publishing series in welding and other joining technologies.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
Summary The welding industry is in the process of change and under pressure. New processes and new materials are being introduced in the wake of increasingly tough competition. In this book, Richard Boekholt, a senior welding consultant with vast experience and a uniquely international outlook, has compiled and summarised international practice within the field of welding developed from a European Union study 'Working Life 2000. The Welding Industry in Technological Change: a Human Resource Perspective'. The book looks at the impact of automation and explains that, while some people may feel that the use of robotics and computers will threaten welders' jobs, in fact robots and computers will help welders, not replace them. At present welders are in demand and companies are faced with difficulties in recruiting and retaining good staff. It is through improved working conditions, which are presently often environmentally unsafe with workers exposed to smoke, noise, vibration and heavy physical labour, that companies can attract and keep workers. The book emphasises the importance of managing human resources and looks at new ways of doing this. A recognition of the importance of managing human resources and looks at new ways of doing this. A recognition of the importance of training, of instructors as well as workers, will be essential to achieve the dedicated, motivated and flexible workforce necessary to work with the new technologies of the 21st century.
Contents Front Cover; The Welding Workplace: Technology Change and Work Management for a Global Welding Industry; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; Foreword; Acknowledgements; Chapter 1. Introduction to the project; 1.1 How to create a good work environment; 1.2 The welding workplace beyond 2000; Chapter 2. Mechanization and automation in the welding workplace; 2.1 The change from manual to machine and automated welding; improved working conditions; 2.2 Manual welding of transportation pipelines for oil and gas; replacement by mechanized and automated welding.
2.3 Welding mechanization and automation in medium-size and small shipyards2.4 The effect of robotization in shipbuilding; 2.5 Flexible manufacturing systems; 2.6 On-line and off-line robot programming techniques; References; Chapter 3. Production organization in advanced workplaces; 3.1 Observed trends in modern work organizations; 3.2 Modern work organization demands decentralized technical solutions; 3.3 Knowledge management to develop distinctive competencies and gain competitive advantages; 3.4 Outsourcing of production -- a standard procedure for production management.
3.5 The use of computers for an efficient decentralized organization3.6 Mastering the art of kaizen; References; Chapter 4. Working conditions and human aspects in shop floor environments; 4.1 Is it possible to be a welder for life?; 4.2 The design of a model welding workstation; 4.3 A model for assessment and design of workplaces for manual welding; 4.4 Design criteria for larger welding workplaces; 4.5 Ergonomic research; 4.6 Implementation of ergonomics at the workplace; 4.7 Environmental management of industrial processes in European shipyards.
4.8 User oriented production support in distributed shop-floor environment (UPSIDE)References; Chapter 5. Welding and cutting systems, tools and supporting equipment and their influence on the workfloor environment; 5.1 Process gases and their influence on fume and gas emission; 5.2 Source extraction; the solution to many problems with airborne pollutants; 5.3 Fixtures and manipulators as a support for mechanized and automatic welding systems; 5.4 Environmental trends in the use of cutting systems; 5.5 The automated welding workplace beyond 2000; 5.6 Work environment for the welder.
Subject Welding industry -- Personnel management.
Welding industry -- Employees -- Effect of technological innovations on.
Welding industry -- Technological innovations.
Soudage -- Industrie -- Personnel -- Direction.
Soudage -- Industrie -- Personnel -- Effets des innovations sur.
Soudage -- Industrie -- Innovations.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Industries -- General.
Welding industry -- Technological innovations
Other Form: Print version: Boekholt, Richard. Welding workplace. Cambridge, England : Abington Pub., 2000 1855734451 (OCoLC)46921811
ISBN 9781855738850 (electronic bk.)
1855738856 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. CHNEW 001011589
DEBBG BV042315296
DEBSZ 414268512
GBVCP 813166624
AU@ 000055936691

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