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Document ID (ISN)67625
CIS number 96-1901
ISBN(s) 3-87260-122-9
Year 1993
Convention or series no. Forschungsbericht 01 HH 139 1
Author(s) Müller P., Schmid R.
Bundesministerium für Forschung und Technologie
Title Trial of novel stress-reducing methods and procedures in a new aluminium foundry with innovative technology and organization
Original title Pilothafter Einsatz neuartiger belastungsmindernder Techniken und Verfahren im Rahmen der vollständigen technisch-organisatorischen Neugestaltung einer Aluminiumgiesserei [in German]
Bibliographic information Giesserei-Verlag GmbH, Breite Strasse 27, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany, 1993. 77p. Illus. 3 ref.
Abstract The German automotive company BMW moved its aluminum foundry to a new plant with the most modern equipment. The staff of 135 employees was organized in novel teams. Various team sizes and compositions were tested to operate the die-casting, rough dressing and coremaking departments. The experiences gained with the different types of teams are described. It was found important that workers have a say in the team composition and that the teams be not too large in size. An increase in productivity was not feasible without pecuniary incentive. Schemes for continued education in social and professional skills and for improvement of the flow of information are presented.
Descriptors (primary) work organization; humanization of work; foundries; motor vehicle industry; work design
Descriptors (secondary) human relations; casting of metals; aluminium; work efficiency; supply of information; psychology of work organization; motivation; transfer to other work; collective variables; die casting
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Ergonomics
Motor vehicle manufacturing industry
Foundries, metalcasting and forging operations
Psychological factors