In North America, TIG welder production has been top-notch for more than a decade. This is one of the reasons why mergers and acquisitions of TIG welding companies occur almost yearly. Unfortunately, those companies – which are re-engineered today – often do not change their practices to fit the requirements of manufacturers who will no longer use the old techniques. What many try to do is not to have to pay for equipment upgrades.

The Problems With TIG welding

In a few cases, as this situation plays out, manufacturers may attempt to purchase the old TIG welder when they anticipate fewer and fewer jobs will be. Finally, the plant corporation moves to smaller equipment without spending the time and money necessary to make the mental transition from older techniques to newer. All of this is time-consuming and needless to say, could be avoided if the production requirements needed to be met (and the appropriate costs for the upgrades) were known to the production team long before the purchases were made. In reality, the best manufacturers are open to the discussion and want to know what the production team thinks. But everyone is so busy trying to get the job done that it is almost impossible for them to get on a complex production team to discuss how to do it properly, let alone making buy/build decisions.

Does it sound familiar? It does to me and is not limited to manufacturing. Recently, a friend was showing me his choice of colors for the floors of his new corporate headquarters building. Custom color flourishes on the floors are not something that most office buildings have on them, and that is unfortunate. However, he had the floor designers think of a new way to show off his company’s creativity for his flooring – and it paid off. As he detailed his ideas, the floor was not only more beautiful but also enhanced the display of his jewelry by including it on several occasions.

How do you foresee future needs?

In my first job with a Senior VP level non-manufacturing executive, he called me at Thanksgiving to tell me that the team “put a lot of time” into the planning stages of his building. With all that he had invested in the design and testing process and other steps in the pre-construction process, there was no cost for the upgrades he would need shortly, which was important for him to realize. However, he was concerned and wanted me to make sure he kept his choices in mind during the design of the SEC building, which was reflected in the design and echoed many of his concerns. Before the design concept in the early days of the project, I had consulted on the flooring and furnishings of his corporate home. This corporate home was a time as a refresher at their corporate headquarters, both built and remodeled annually. I was aware of that importance and did not assume that they knew of it. Although custom flooring may not be an issue with you, your production team must be aware of their options. When they encounter conflicting components, they may need it, but individuals on the team may have not yet considered it. Now more than ever, it is vital that they consider not only their product but their production and corporate status, along with other construction issues.

Alters, alterations, or changes to are often seen as showcasing or conquering creativity, as opposed to insertions and alterations that are not tied to a particular production process. These are usually viewed as not having an impact on production or quality standards at all. My friend required that the area of his space not be more than 10,000 square feet. I then found them, like much large company, to have ” browser-aimer” buildings, where all employees had easy access, were easy to get to, and were meeting the needs of the employees at the company. And please don’t ask me how these particular limitations were presented. The paint selection and solvent system for the base colors required were available at the company, however, the additional colors would not be available from them, nor would they have manufactured the color in the solvent system. And don’t forget, he understood the big picture; the paint color and solvent system hue formatting were designed with his size restrictions in mind, not the size requirements of the management or human resource department. Reviewing the improvement criteria involved in the change requests is not as simple as listing the benefits vs. the expected production requirements.