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Examples of Past Projects

Spring 2017

1 Lafayette Steel & Aluminum Engineer a single-piece flow, automated extrusion bending work cell
2 Aurora Parts & Accessories LLC - Lebanon                            Review all aspects of our existing quality assurance program and recommend both for the implementation of new measurements/programs and for value-added improvements to existing programs
3 Veterans Hospital Indy Pharmacy 1: Optimize medication routes utilizing Omnicell
4 Veterans Hospital Indy Engineering Purchase Process Improvement
5 Veterans Hospital Indy Develop technology to empower veterans to navigate VA healthcare system
6 Veterans Hospital Indy Improve on-line ordering system of expendable items
7 Veterans Hospital Indy Develop resource allocation models for the following use-cases of healthcare available only in the emergency care setting
8 Endress+Hauser Central Stores Optimization
9 Premier Detailing and Wash Further develop Scanning systems on smart devices
10 Endress+Hauser Improve layout of the "Combi" (three level measurement devices)
11 Purdue IE Develop for the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) a professional development capability for systems engineers
12 IU Simon Cancer Center/ Purdue University   Use data analytics to study and recommend improvements for patient experience
13 Purdue Dining & Catering Recommend the most efficient set up to allow for all three brands (Harrison Grille, Pete's Za and the Daily Bite) to continue functioning in the same production area
14 Purdue Dining & Catering Recommend best layout for outside patio area for Ford Dining Court Outdoor Seating
15 Purdue Dining & Catering Improve processes of the PMU dish room
16 Purdue Dining & Catering Improve the accessibility and utility of the space and efficiency of the PMU kitchen area
17 Evonik For the Rotary Vacuum Drying Operation, creating a scraping tool and cleaning station for the tool that addresses the ergonomic issues with handling this tool
18 Airline research/Purdue University Conduct an ergonomics assessment at maintenance facility
19 IU Health  Study workload requirements, analyze demand patterns, and design a new staffing model for a clinical or support area
20 IU Health  Develop a care model for Riley
21 IU Health  Study the volume of fast track patients, the provider/ED staff staffing model, and national best practices for design and throughput
22 IU Health  Reduce clinician burnout and input time regarding electronic medical records activities; study data, spend time with clinicians and recommend ways to reduce input burden
23 Janus Developmental Services                    Initiate a newly purchased hydroponic growth system, layout the area, and assess efficient and effective work flow design
24 Montgomery County Health Dept.                Develop a grant management tool that would keep all grant contract requirements and information together; indicate deliverable, funding, timeline status and allow for easy 
25 ConAgra Foods Reduce yield loss and environmental impact for our Reddi Wip production lines; process flow, ID loss points, quantify, prioritize losses, root cause, plan, implement, est savings
26 Newgistics Train on and apply MOST (Maynard Operation Sequence Technique) and use MOST to develop & validate engineered labor standards for the Fishers; recommend improvements to processes or facility layout
27 Phoenix Closures One project would help us understand the cost and labor for color changes on our production lines; second project to develop a process flow or value stream map for our warehouse operations when it becomes finished goods
28 Fiat Chrysler Automotive Multiple transmission parts are processed through a high pressure de-burr machine, which must have the grippers changed based on which product is being processed. Due to increased demand, the need to reduce cycle time is required.
29 Marion Manufacturing Develop a production scheduling/reporting system that will produce detailed production plans from either their existing MRP system, or from some other process
30 Grocery Retailer Retail Store Work Process Efficiency Improvement Opportunities:  Front-End Operations
31  Grocery Retailer Retail Store Work Process Efficiency Improvement Opportunities:  Deli Operations

Fall 2016

Grocery Retailer Work Sampling Study
2 Lafayette Police Dept Process Improvement of Dispatched Calls
3 RecycleForce Improve facility process flow 
4 Triumph Group Improve safety and ergonomics
5 Hillenbrand Dining Court Optimizing the "Take Back" program
6 Montgomery Health Dept. Improve management system/create dashboard
7 VA Hospital Improve efficiency in medical/surgical inventory
8 Janus Developmental Services Increase work floor space utilization and organization
9 Fiat-Chrysler Automotive Improve SI-EVT production schedule
10 Caito Foods Services Improve warehouse layout
11 Grocery Retailer Improve efficiency in retail store work processes
12 Premier Auto Detailing and Wash Introduce new technology in reorganized space
13 Purdue IE Develop web-based database for past senior design projects
14 Purdue Dining Courts Optimize line set-up for five different dining courts
15 Fewell Monument Streamline production in monument manufacturing
16 Buchanan Group Improve production scheduling to increase throughput
17 Marble Products International Implement a new inventory tracking system
18 Lemongrass Optimize efficiency of service and customer flow
19 Benton County Health Dept. Design a performance management system
20 Endress+Hauser Design and prototype a product handling cart

Spring 2016

1 IU Health Physician Area redesign
2 Eaton 1 Reduce waste in returnable packaging
3 Eaton 2 Decanting/Metering
4 E&H Wetzer Ergonomic Evaluation
5 Jeco Plastics Improve Sensor Collection System
6 Meyers Spring Company Assembly design of Hay Rake Wheels and Will-Rich Springs
7 Premier Wash and Detail New Premier Detailing Operations
8 Fiat Chrysler Automotive Using WCM (World Class Manufacturing) methodology and TOC (Theory of Constraints) identify
issues for the 9-Speed Transmission machining process.  Determine top issues as related to
efficiency, availability and quality with focus being the process bottleneck.  
9 Intel LoRA-based applications for Industrial Internet of Things
10 Purdue Dining and Catering 1 Cueing of the line and efficient set up in the current space of the retail operation in MSEE
11 Purdue Dining and Catering 2 Increase process efficiency used for producing products for On-the Go! and Retail
12 Purdue Dining and Catering 3 Hillenbrand Dining Court Line Cueing and Salad Bar
13 Purdue Dining and Catering 4 Increase process efficiency in the meat tumbling process currently at Wiley Dining Court
14 Purdue Dining and Catering 5 Windsor Dining Court On-the-Go
15 Wabash Center Balance workload and schedule 30-vehicle fleet
16 Zimmer Biomet  Use collected data to determine proper machine allowances
17 Lowes At RDC, Design ergonomic and effective picking cart for doors and windows
18 CNO Financial Group 1 Claims Production Standards (work measurement)
19 CNO Financial Group 2 Claims Forecasting Model (forecasting and production scheduling)
20 CNO Financial Group 3 Operations Workstation Analysis (human factors/ergonomics)
21 Tru-Flex After Market Business Unit Error-proof the kitting validation procedure (incorrect labeling of shipping boxes)
22 Kimball Hospitality Machine Flow Scheduling Project (Batch Size Determination, Scheduling Tool Development)
23 Best Home Furnishings Ergonomic Enhancements to Upholstered Furniture Assembly
24 Wabash National  Final Mile Facility (FMF) Value Stream Map
25 Newgistics 1 Indianapolis Sort Balancing
26 Newgistics 2 Inbound Process Overhaul and Redesign
27 Holland Colours America  Small Batch Holcoprill Manufacturing Process
28 GM Ft. Wayne Assembly Lean Material Strategy, Kit Cell Design

Fall 2015

1 General Motors Fort Wayne Assemble (FWA) Final Process Manpower Utilization
2 General Motors Marion Metal Center Elimination of waste with handling and storing of blanks between the blanking operations and press lines
3 Newgistics (Fishers, IN) Incentive Pay Design (Pay for Performance)
4 Newgistics (Cincinnati, OH) Staffing Plan Design for Large Continuity Program
5 Fairfield Manufacturing (Lafayette, IN) Tooling Location Project
6 Aurora Parts (Lebanon, IN) Shift Workflow Planning
7 Caterpillar (Lafayette, IN) Assembly Line Load Balancing Tool
8 Crossroads Industrial Services (Indianapolis, IN) Polystyrene Recycling Process Sound Reduction
9 Premier Auto Detailing and Wash (Lafayette, IN) Streamline all office processes
10 Zimmer Biomet (Warsaw, IN) Machine Allowances
11 Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) (Kokomo, IN) 948TE Machining Project - 9 Speed Transmission
12 Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) (Kokomo, IN) 845RE Machining Project - 8 Speed Transmission
13 Purdue University Dining and Catering Central Production Kitchen Product Transportation 
14 Purdue University Dining and Catering Living Wall or Roof Top Garden
15 Purdue University Dining and Catering CBORD (Food Management System) efficiencies 
16 Purdue University Dining and Catering Windsor Dining Court Dish Room
17 Wabash National (Lafayette, IN) Axle Bogie Validation of Current Cycle Times and Costing
18 Wabash National (Lafayette, IN) Metal Fab  Aftermarket Validation of Current Cycle Times and Costing
19 Wabash National (Lafayette, IN) Comprehensive Material Usage Value Stream Map
20 Wabash National (Lafayette, IN) Lafayette Manufacturing Campus Optimization 
21 Wabash National (Lafayette, IN) Rear Frame Validation of Current Cycle Times and Costing
22 IU Health   (Lafayette, IN) RN staffing according to patient arrivals