Weld Quality Assurance Practices in the Metal Welding Industries in Ghana
International Journal of Science, Technology and Society
Volume 3, Issue 4, July 2015, Pages: 111-119
Received: May 5, 2015; Accepted: May 20, 2015; Published: Jun. 4, 2015
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Akpakpavi Michael, Mechanical Engineering Department, Accra Polytechnic, Accra, Ghana
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Abstract
This study investigates the weld quality assurance practices in the metal welding industries in Ghana. The data for the study were collected using questionnaire, interview and personal discussions. One hundred and twenty informal sector welders, 80 formal sector welders, and 25 welding hardware shops/dealers were contained in the analyzed sample. The results of the analysis revealed that majority of the welding industries in the country lack weld quality assurance standards, weld quality testing equipments and materials as well as personnel to help assure weld quality practices in the metal welding industries. Also, equipments and materials for welding inspection and testing are not readily available in the welding hardware shops in the country. Moreover, even though most of the welders in the country have considerable years of working experience, they lack the skills of ensuring quality in their welding activities due to low levels of technical training. To instill professionalism into the welding industry, the suppliers should import the weld quality testing equipments into the country to be made available to the welders. The welders and the suppliers should take advantage of training programs offered by the training institutions in the country to enable them upgrade and update their knowledge and skills in weld quality assurance practices. The Government, the banks and other corporate organizations should help establish industries solely to produce more of the weld quality testing equipments locally in the country. This indeed, will help create more jobs and reduce the unemployment rates in the country.
Keywords
Ghana, Weld, Quality, Assurance, Practices, Industries
To cite this article
Akpakpavi Michael, Weld Quality Assurance Practices in the Metal Welding Industries in Ghana, International Journal of Science, Technology and Society. Vol. 3, No. 4, 2015, pp. 111-119. doi: 10.11648/j.ijsts.20150304.13
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