Quality and Safety Assurance of Iron Casts and Manufacturing Processes

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Kukla S. (2016)
  • Publisher: Sciendo
  • Journal: Archives of Foundry Engineering (issn: 2299-2944)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1515/afe-2016-0019
  • Subject: Quality Management | Automation and Robotics in Foundry | Transport Systems in Foundry | Workplace Organization | Ergonomics of Work | Materials of engineering and construction. Mechanics of materials | TA401-492

The scope of this work focuses on the aspects of quality and safety assurance of the iron cast manufacturing processes. Special attention was given to the processes of quality control and after-machining of iron casts manufactured on automatic foundry lines. Due to low level of automation and huge work intensity at this stage of the process, a model area was established which underwent reorganization in accordance with the assumptions of the World Class Manufacturing (WCM). An analysis of work intensity was carried out and the costs were divided in order to identify operations with no value added, particularly at individual manufacturing departments. Also an analysis of ergonomics at work stations was carried out to eliminate activities that are uncomfortable and dangerous to the workers' health. Several solutions were proposed in terms of rationalization of work organization at iron cast after-machining work stations. The proposed solutions were assessed with the use of multi-criteria assessment tools and then the best variant was selected based on the assumed optimization criteria. The summary of the obtained results reflects benefits from implementation of the proposed solutions.
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