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The following articles written over the course of the history of Barckhoff Welding Management demonstrate the commitment that Jack R Barckhoff has for improving the welding industry by not only working with specific companies to improve their welding quality and productivity but also, thru writing and publishing articles, to help educate the entire industry in his approach to welding improvement.

These articles also demonstrate the diverse experience that Barckhoff Welding Management has in a variety of different industries and in different welding disciplines from design and training through developing and implementing welding management systems.

Jack’s articles have been read by thousands of welders, engineers, supervisors and managers, and have helped many of them to make a individual contribution in improving their company’s welding and thus improve the industry. 

The articles that follow include both case studies of specific company successes as well as articles on some of the principles underlying Total Welding Management, the Barckhoff Welding Management System and the Barckhoff Method.


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River Barge Builder Rides a Rising Tide
This article first appeared in Welding Design and Fabrication, it presents an interview with a shipbuilding Vice President of Production who successfully implemented Total Welding Management using the Barckhoff Method that brought millions of dollars of additional profits to the bottom line. The project included a welder training program that made it possible to effectively increase the workforce of welders in a very tight labor market through the use of Barckhoff's customized training approach.

Welcome to 20th-century Welding 
This article first appeared in Tooling and Production in the 1980’s when the welding industry was suffering from high costs and poor quality and had the need to get into the then 20th-century by applying the science of welding for quality and productivity improvement.  The focus of the article is on gaining the knowledge of the science of welding throughout the organization and then applying it through effective training for improvement results.

Training Trims Waste
This article first appeared in Welding Design & Fabrication, and is a case study of a mining equipment manufacturer and General Electric's 10 Nationwide Railroad Car repair Facilities. The article points out the importance of training welders and inspectors and established Internal Welder Trainers for each of the railroad car repair facilities, all trained in the science of welding. Also set up formal Quality/Process/Training Centers with visual welding mock-ups and workmanship sample boards.  The article shows the potential savings available when welder training is approached effectively. "The mining equipment manufacturer ended up with savings of over $1.0 million with only 84 welders."

" Smart Managers" articles 
This series of five  first appeared in Welding Design and Fabrication in the late 1980’s and later became the basis of The Five Welding Do’s (Goals) of Total Welding Management.  


Smart Managers Reduce Overwelding
   
is now Do Goal, Reduce Weld Metal Volume; 
Smart Managers Reduce Arc Time
   
is now Do Goal, Reduce Arc Time per Weldment; 
Smart Managers Eliminate Scrap
   
is now Do Goal, Reduce Rejects, Rework and Scrap; 
Smart Managers Reduce Work Effort
   
is now Do Goal, Reduce Work Effort; and 
Smart Managers Reduce Motion and Delay 
   
is now Do Goal, Reduce Motion and Delay Time.  

This series of five articles is a good example of the principles behind Total Welding Management and how they have remained the same over a long period of time.

Step Up Welding Productivity Through Management Control
When this article first appeared in the early 1980’s in Progressive Railroading, the concept of management control of welding was foreign to most companies, as welding was then viewed more of an art than a science. In this article Jack presents the case that welding is a science and when managed as a science with the application of his principles, significant cost savings can be made through both quality and productivity improvements.

Check List:  Better Welds, Higher Productivity
In this early article Jack established the basis for Total Welding Management and the Barckhoff Method which is the three phased approach to achieve welding quality and productivity improvement. Although the terms have changed over the years, the sequential approach and the principles of the Barckhoff Method have not changed. The emphasis of this article is to gather data to determine current situation and identify opportunities for improvement, set goals, train personnel and implement.  The three Phases of the Barckhoff Method today are: Phase I, Survey and Evaluation; Phase II, Management Planning and Goal Setting; and Phase
III, Implement and Sustain.  "The five step process outlined in this article have evolved into the these three phases."

Space-Age Roof Rates Top-notch Fabrication
This article first appeared in Welding Design and Fabrication, and shows both the engineering design capabilities of Barckhoff Welding Management as well as the depth of knowledge and experience in various welding processes, and its project management expertise.

How to Boost Your Welding Profits
This article first appeared in Metal Working Economics, and was written prior to Jack’s forming Barckhoff Welding Management, when he was working as a sales engineer selling welding equipment and electrode consumables. The article gives an insight into Jack’s early thinking on managing the welding process for improved profitability. The principles are still applicable today.

Trailer Manufacturer Saves $250,000 Per Year By Updating Welding
This article first appeared in Trailer/Body Builders and is the first case study published of Jack's work and is a forerunner to his Total Welding Management approach.  It demonstrates that with a through examination of current welding practices and the management courage to change to a better way, significant cost improvements result. This is still true today. 

 

 

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