Roger A. P. Fielding, Benchmarks and The Virtual Company Inc.
Track: MANAGEMENT ISSUES - Operations Management
ABSTRACT --- The die is generally recognized as the heart of the extrusion process. In
the majority of extrusion plants, however, responsibility for preparing, trialing, correcting, and
maintaining dies and related tooling, together with the management of the die resource, is left in
the hands of die correctors. The die correctors role is often confused, mixing responsibility for
prompt running of the die with that of minimizing its price. Yet many factors are outside most die
correctors control: the availability of proper work space and storage facilities, the maintenance
of the extrusion press and die ovens, and the press schedule. Each has a major effect on die
performance, and is the responsibility of others. This paper discusses performance standards
for the die resource and shows how they can be achieved. Performance data is presented in a
format that focuses on those responsible for change. The goal is better products, higher
productivity, reduced costs, and increased customer satisfaction.
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