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Quality-oriented engineering with innovative technologies and organisation for flexible production in welding

Introduce/put into practice new, quality-oriented approaches
to welding engineering via new technologies on welding
engineering with novel technologies/organisation. Key areas:
production automation/process control/environmental aspects.

In order to improve in particular the productivity and competitiveness of small and medium-sized European companies active in welding fabrication, the overall goal of PROJOIN is the introduction of novel, quality-oriented approaches in welding engineering, welding processes and production organisation. Specially tailored to meet the specific demands of SMEs, the work programme intends to provide a platform for technical, technological and organisational approaches to meet the challenges of the near future in terms of productivity, flexibility, competitiveness and high quality products. The work within PROJOIN will be based on three major areas: - Advanced Technologies and Materials - Local Empowerment and Quality Management - Skill Requirement, Work and Environment. This includes the development and introduction of approaches towards process mechanisation, automation and robotics, improved utilisation of material properties, new design concepts and tools, sensors and adaptable process control as well as computer-assisted process supervision, data monitoring, documentation and inspection. Further activities in the project are directed at improving the production and quality management in accordance with European standards. Here, PROJOIN intends to provide advanced approaches in production planning, logistics, organisation and information exchange, documentation and certification, as well as quality-oriented remuneration and enhanced personnel commitment to high quality production. Flexibility in production has a very close link to the improved utilisation of human resources. Therefore, the project work will also be directed to the development and introduction of advanced qualification and training concepts, new strategies for workshop layout and work flow organisation, as well as the improvement of working conditions. All activities within PROJOIN are contained within four project areas: - Automated recovery of tools and machine components by welding - Advanced technologies for the welding of high-alloyed steel - Process technology and process design in steel construction - Quality management in welding. Within the PROJOIN framework, various SMEs and research providers from five European countries will collaborate on the basis of these four projects aiming to provide specially adapted and innovative approaches towards advanced welding engineering and production. The expected results will be of a multi-sectorial character and of interest and applicable in many other industrial welding areas. Dissemination will embrace seminars, technical workshops and the generation of technical articles for publication. Independent authoritative observers will be invited to attend progress meetings and dissemination events.
Acronym: 
PROJOIN
Project ID: 
1 445
Start date: 
01-09-1995
Project Duration: 
36months
Project costs: 
9 720 000.00€
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Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.