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Automating Manufacturing Operations by William M. Hawkins

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Process Operators

The computer provides your hands. I don’t think I could work in a conventional mill. This is so much more convenient. You have so much more control without having to go out to the equipment to adjust things.

—Zuboff (1988)

Introduction

Processes need operators because processes cannot see developing problems in themselves, fix those problems before they escalate, or see ways to make improvements. This suggests that operators should be people who can do those things. Operators cannot be hired off the street or out of school and put to work operating a process, because no two processes are alike. This chapter talks about requirements for operators from several perspectives. The operator should be seen as an extension ...

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