Steel Handling at NASSCO
NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER CARDEROCK DIV BETHESDA MD
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The Problem Managers in manufacturing or fabrication work know that material handling is expensive and most of them complain about it. Even though in some applications, estimates reach as high as 50, 60 and 70 percent, those managers who complain most bitterly may know just how expensive it is because the reference is usually only to those costs directly attributable to the handling itself that is, wages for material handlers, perhaps wages for expediters and the costs of storage and handling equipment and rolling stock. Not taken into account is the cost of a production crew which may be waiting for material or waiting for crane service or waiting for work space or spending time doing the same machine set-up two times for partial batches, and so on and so on. If these people are Shipfitters, Welders and Burners, they do not charge their time to material handling, they charge to shipfitting, welding and burning. No work has been accomplished but the meter is running. As a secondary consideration, a lot of people are getting frustrated and that probably also adds to costs.
- Fabrication Metallurgy
- Marine Engineering