Original Date: 07/25/2005
Revision Date: 09/12/2006
Information : Assembly Operatorís Handbook
Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems developed an Assembly Operator’s Handbook that links design engineering and manufacturing personnel to military and industry standards requirements, processes, and materials.
In 1984, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems (NGES), then the Westinghouse Electronics Group, began the development and integration of an Assembly Operator’s Handbook and Design Reference, a 10-page booklet used to document and describe common assembly practices being used throughout the manufacturing facility. These common practices were the “how to’s” of accomplishing non-documented common assembly practices. Now in its fifth addition, the 158-page handbook is a collection of items, processes, and practices commonly used in assembly operations that serves as a guide and reference document for manufacturing and design engineering and assembly supervisors and operators. All assembly requirements are currently specified on the assembly drawing and all required materials are specified in the drawing bills of material (BOMs).
The Assembly Operator’s Handbook is an information conduit among manufacturing, drafting, and design engineering and serves as a link between military and industry standards to requirements, processes, and materials. Designers and manufacturing operators have a common document that fully explains requirements and processes to follow in specifying items on the BOM and for the operator’s adherence. NGES has distributed copies of the handbook to most assembly operators, supervisors, and personnel in manufacturing engineering, process engineering, and design engineering.
By using a common document, design engineers have a resource to help them understand how their design requirements will be carried out in the manufacturing areas. The Assembly Operator’s Handbook also serves as a supplement to assembly work instructions that define what needs to be done and in what sequence during the build cycle.
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