In manufacturing, metal parts can be joined using a laser as a welding tool, i.e. laser welding. Despite huge amount of research over the years, the process is neither sufficiently understood nor mathematically predictable. This study aims to holistically analyze the knowledge management issues occurring in laser welding. Emerging from observations and semi-structured interviews from industry and academy, the complexity and the criticalities of the process as well as the current knowledge transfers is explained and analyzed, using a knowledge lifecycle framework as a reference. Besides enhanced awareness of the limiting issues, information and knowledge visualization, e.g. knowledge maps, is identified as a key for progress in the community. The Matrix Flow Chart is suggested as an alternative descaled map of process changes.
intra-cognitive communication, laser welding, product development, knowledge sharing, knowledge management, knowledge
Johansson, C., Karlsson, J., Kaplan, A., Bertoni, M., & Chirumalla, K. (2012). Enhancing intra-cognitive communication between engineering designers and operators: a case study in the laser welding industry. i Proceedings of the 3rd IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Communications. (s. 493-497). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE. doi: 10.1109/CogInfoCom.2012.6422031