Torque Joints- Achieving Compliance through Data Integration 2002-01-2024
In manufacturing assembly process, since its inception, the production quality system(s) have remained very operator dependent and regular missed operations have often proved it out to be uncontrolled variables. The whole system gets more complex with the rotational nature of jobs (ergonomic need), dynamically moving assembly lines (production needs) and two/more completely different parts coming together on each workstation (nature of assembly).
Control monitors, line-interlocked systems and many other ways of confirming that a quality product is built, prove out to be failures in the above-mentioned cases. This has often caused million dollar recalls, reduced product quality and other sensitive business issues eventually leading to loss of market share, bad name etc.
This paper addresses the legal and manufacturing operations issues, tries to focus on today's manufacturing practices, recommends conceptual system to manufacturing functions to achieve/meet the legal needs and tries to provide a brief overview for the work of compliance and manufacturing. The aim of this paper is to address the issue on philosophical nature and not provide any specifics. It is intended as a thought starter for manufacturing professionals to develop in such areas. Names of any companies and products have been withheld for business reasons and only functional aspects are talked about in this paper. All references made in the paper are about products that exist in the market and are available for use today. It's left completely to the user's discretion to find, use & test any components/system.