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International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management

ISSN: 0265-671X
Incorporates: International Journal of Quality Science

Online from: 1984

Subject Area: Managing Quality

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A Review of the Cast Iron Foundry Industry: Past, Present and Future. Part 2 -- The Way Forward


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Title:A Review of the Cast Iron Foundry Industry: Past, Present and Future. Part 2 -- The Way Forward
Author(s):P.S. Cheema, A.J. Griffiths, D.R. Towill
Source:International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, Vol. 8 Iss: 1
Author(s):P.S. Cheema, A.J. Griffiths, D.R. Towill
Keywords:FOUNDRIES, INDUSTRIAL PERFORMANCE, TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION, UNITED KINGDOM
DOI:10.1108/EUM0000000001634 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:A review of the cast iron foundry industry has been given in two parts. Part 1 concentrated on historical aspects of the UK foundry industry, whilst Part 2 will look at the important aspects for a modern foundry to succeed. The article starts with the decline of the UK foundry industry, and suggests a way to become more competitive through the advancement of new technology, and total quality assurance. The basic concepts of quality are examined and by way of an example, a case study of a British foundry shows the current problems being faced. The case study illustrates the problems faced in these days of increased competition, dwindling margins, the lack of investment, low morale leading to poor quality parts, and hence uncertain futures. Finally it is shown how the foundry can improve the quality of its products, and achieve a sound manufacturing base.


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