Formsprag is redesigning the assembly area of their large size clutch products and implementing a Lean production system. The Large Value Stream (LVS) consist of low volume, high mix production which includes customized clutch assemblies weighing up to 15,000 lbs. for use in mining applications. The assembly area consists of individual employee work benches where various hand tools and hand held power tools are used to assemble a clutch. Larger clutches that will not fit on a bench are assembled on heavy steel carts. Assembly operations such as painting and testing are completed in common areas. The current system is based on individual workstations.
The student team will deliver the design layout for a new moving line assembly process, participate in the implementation of new layout and new workbench formats, and validate the impact of the new system. The student team will develop an assembly line concept that will support 80% of the Large Value Stream sales/product volume. The solution should have a paced line with 1×1 flow that will reorganize/reformat the current individual operator workstations and process stations. A successful team is expected to participate in the transition of the assembly area to the new system.
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