In the Indianapolis Eaton Logistics Center, global logistics and supply chain management company CEVA Logistics asked a group of senior Purdue IE students to evaluate and propose solutions to improve Eaton’s kitting and packing Truck Remanufacturing Transmission Operations.
The group of five students used Lean Methodologies and specifically Lean Six Sigma’s “go and see” Gemba approach to meet with the stakeholders and improve transportation bottlenecks, ensure employee safety and correct inefficient layout design. By involving the stakeholders, observing and understanding the problems, the team used value stream maps, SIPOC diagrams, layout diagrams, time studies, and other tools to propose solutions. The team also developed a control plan and handed off the project to Eaton management to implement – all to reduce waste and increase efficiency.
- “The student teams have opened our eyes to multiple value stream improvement opportunities that will result in improved shop floor execution at our facility," says Jason Dallaire, Eaton's Distribution & Logistics Manager, VG North America. "We anticipate increased OTD and lower overall cost for our operation.”
- The CEVA Logistics/Eaton "Team 9" won the Spring 2016 inaugural Senior Design Poster Competition for their work.