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dc.contributor.advisorMcDonald, Thomas N.
dc.contributor.advisorGracia, Marco Lara
dc.contributor.advisorGledhill, Tyler
dc.contributor.authorHammen, Gregory Joesph
dc.date.accessioned2019-12-09T18:13:47Z
dc.date.available2019-12-09T18:13:47Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12419/403
dc.descriptionThesis available in Rice Library University Archives and Special Collection.
dc.description.abstractA&B Process Systems is a manufacturing facility of various product lines supporting industries including food, dairy, and pharmaceutical. These fabricated products have a requirement to be high in purity and utilize various grades of stainless steel due to their ability to inhibit corrosion. Historically the business make up has been to customize every order to suit the needs of the buyer. However, times have changed and A&B has recognized that they are in an ever-growing competitive industry. In fact, consultants and employees have been assigned to seek ways to maximize throughput and minimize costs. Practices such as lean six sigma and theory of constraints are being communicated to create a culture that constantly looks for ways to improve the entire fabrication process. From the design to delivery, there are many opportunities to improve upon inefficiencies. In an effort to reduce lead time and costs, a proposal was made by senior management for standardization implementation. The proposed plan was to have a finite number of tank designs that the company has to offer at a set price. This would ultimately speed up the design process and the ability to batch orders and promote repeatability and consistency through the standardization process. In order to increase productivity and maintain the quality and safety during the fabrication of these tanks, a time study was performed over a period of two weeks to review the current welding practices associated with welding circumferential welds. On average, A&B produces a quantity of four hundred 10-foot diameter tanks per year. This amounts to 1,275 in. of weld seam per tank. After introducing the new and improved welding process, 3,060 hours of labor have been saved amassing over $275,394.00 and allowing the ability to fulfill additional work orders each year.
dc.titleBenefiting from the advancement in gas tungsten ARC welding technology in a welding fabrication facility
html.description.abstractA&B Process Systems is a manufacturing facility of various product lines supporting industries including food, dairy, and pharmaceutical. These fabricated products have a requirement to be high in purity and utilize various grades of stainless steel due to their ability to inhibit corrosion. Historically the business make up has been to customize every order to suit the needs of the buyer. However, times have changed and A&B has recognized that they are in an ever-growing competitive industry. In fact, consultants and employees have been assigned to seek ways to maximize throughput and minimize costs. Practices such as lean six sigma and theory of constraints are being communicated to create a culture that constantly looks for ways to improve the entire fabrication process. From the design to delivery, there are many opportunities to improve upon inefficiencies. In an effort to reduce lead time and costs, a proposal was made by senior management for standardization implementation. The proposed plan was to have a finite number of tank designs that the company has to offer at a set price. This would ultimately speed up the design process and the ability to batch orders and promote repeatability and consistency through the standardization process. In order to increase productivity and maintain the quality and safety during the fabrication of these tanks, a time study was performed over a period of two weeks to review the current welding practices associated with welding circumferential welds. On average, A&B produces a quantity of four hundred 10-foot diameter tanks per year. This amounts to 1,275 in. of weld seam per tank. After introducing the new and improved welding process, 3,060 hours of labor have been saved amassing over $275,394.00 and allowing the ability to fulfill additional work orders each year.
dc.contributor.degreeMaster of Science in Industrial Management
dc.typeThesis (M.S.I.M.)--University of Southern Indiana, 2017


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