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Acceptance Tests – FAT & SAT: An Empirical Case Study of Utility Poles
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The overall purpose of this project is to devise improved quality acceptance procedures to examine quality characteristics of utility poles at the factory of the supplier (FAT) and on-site upon receipt by the customer (SAT). To that end, the thesis draws upon available standards, literature, and industry practices regarding wood, fiberglass and steel poles. As far as the design of the research, a single case study of a major power company was chosen. Then, a data collection plan was developed in order to build upon the existing knowledge found in the literature, and upon the data that can be collected from three of the Company’s suppliers, in addition to the Technical Research Institute of Sweden (SP). Documents’ analysis, interviews, observations, and a survey were the tools of that plan. It was found that criteria, inspection and test methods of wood poles are all sufficiently covered in the standards and the literature; for wood is the most commonly used material for utility poles. Next, in coverage of research, are the steel poles; while there is currently no standard that covers fiberglass utility poles. Indeed, quality characteristics, criteria, and acceptance procedures can altogether form parts of a sustainable solution, as long as the quality is managed as a process whether at the Company’s end or at the fabrication sites; that is especially true if there is some form of backward partnership between the Company and its suppliers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 82 p.
Keyword [en]
Factory acceptance test, quality control, quality inspection, utility poles, quality management
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Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-132288ISRN: LIU-IEI-TEK-A--16/02698--SEOAI: diva2:1040268
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Vattenfall Eldistribution AB
Subject / course
Industrial Management
2016-10-21, Brage 2B:853, SE-581 83, Linköping, 20:43 (English)
Available from: 2016-11-02 Created: 2016-10-26 Last updated: 2016-11-02Bibliographically approved

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