Staff engagement and inclusion:
From our experience, we have noticed that most of the time, weld technicians and maintenance technicians are not included in meetings with the company’s customers, in the other hand, quality, engineering and production departments are constantly in contact with the customers. This fact leads to huge gaps in weld quality requirements, customer’s standards such as weld IDs conventions and identifications. Moreover, these weld technicians are never aware of any quality alerts issued by quality department whereas production operators are.
An example would be where a weld technician reports his work on a weld adjustment or weld modification, he/she would write something like “Adjusted the weld on the right hand side bracket…”, which is completely inaccurate from a customer standpoint, customers have their specific weld identifications that are communicated to the company via engineering and/or quality departments that have to be followed! These identifications help the customer to track every single weld in their plant (car).
With a weld tracking software like Welds Tracker, weld technicians get included and familiarized with these standards, which will make them not only knowledgeable but also proud and motivated to be part of the process.
Easy and simple weld management work flow:
Every morning the manager or weld supervisor will go through a very simple yet efficient process of checking all the weld operations in the plant, from weld daily reporting trends, job assignment status, weld parameters restoration rates, quality issues if any, and more. Within less than ten minutes, he/she will be able to understand what needs to be done immediately, he/she will be able to prioritize his/her day’s tasks (at least weld related ones).
Welds tracking software such as Welds Tracker will allow the welding manager/supervisor to have comparisons done over all welding assets in the plant, duplicate what works better and change what is not. It also exposes the degree of engagement of all staff (weld technicians/weld engineers), sorting out whose involved and who’s not.
The welding manger/supervisor will also be able to export and print all type of reports just minutes before walking into a management meeting, making his work easier to explain and getting backed by supporting documents for his/her claims.
Quick and standard access to information:
All welding equipment companies have their own encrypting systems in place, which allow them to keep their business safe and increase their revenue; in order for their customer to access welding files imported from a welding controller (Panasonic/Fanuc) for example, they would need a specific computer software that they have to buy from the supplier, this program will allow them to convert welding files from a system format to a text/csv format which they then can open in a regular computer program. And if the company has a variety of this welding equipment, they have to purchase different software just for files conversion! Let alone the fact that they have to learn all these programs in order to use them.
Having a weld tracking software like Welds Tracker will allow the company to have all the welding files of all welding equipment, regardless of the type or the manufacturer, in one place and in a standard and unique way, accessible anytime and anywhere with a simple clicks either on a laptop, tablet or smart phone.