One of Felling Trailers, Inc.’s core values is to be an innovative solutions provider that fosters a work environment that thrives on continuous improvement. As a trailer manufacturer known for quality that is second to none, it was an essential piece to Felling’s production process to create and implement a weld quality standard that all Felling products would adhere to. The goal of the weld quality standard was to enhance Felling’s weld quality, weld efficiency, and to reflect the American Welding Society D1.1/D1.3. This process has been in the works over the last year—from concept, development, approval, and now to the rollout process.
The most significant portion of the production process of a trailer is welding, from piece parts like light boxes to ramps, to the trailer frame, creating and implementing a weld quality standard was paramount. Kyle Wald (VP of Engineering) and Ben Myhre (Weld Instructor) were identified as ideal candidates for the AWS Certified Welding Inspector Certification. In 2017, after receiving their certifications, the development of the program was built and approved by Felling’s management team. The final step was then educating every welder on the Felling Trailers’ team to the Felling Weld Standard. The key element of weld quality is trained qualified individuals, training to the standard, inspection to the standard, and welding symbol refreshers.
“The Weld Quality Standard gives Felling Trailers Team Members a better understanding of the quality we build into each one of our trailers. Team Members received training that directly relates to their daily job tasks making it easier for them to identify possible non-conformities before the product reaches the next step of production,” weld instructor Ben Myhre says. Once training was complete, there was a three-month implementation period where team members refined and clarified the standard. Felling Trailers, Inc. Weld Standard was fully implemented Monday, February 4th, 2019 company-wide. This standard is another step in the advancement of Felling Trailer’s skills and product quality.
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