Material Handling Optimization Project
The Detroit Manufacturing Systems (DMS) Plant, located in Detroit, MI, manufactures approximately 1.5 million automotive instrument panels per year for six (6) Ford Motor Company assembly plants. At the DMS Detroit Plant Production Control and Logistics (PC&L) department, there are currently 107 material handling personnel that deliver and ship parts to the production operations within the DMS Plant.
This project team will perform a time study: evaluating all material handling processes to identify ways to improve efficiency and productivity.
Frequent (near weekly) trips to the DMS Assembly Plant in Detroit will provide valuable hands-on, in-person experience for students interested in factory floor operations.
Students who successfully match to this project team will be required to sign the following two documents in January 2018:
- Skill level All levels
- Students 6-9 Students
- Likely Majors IOE, ISD-MFG, MATH, ME, STATS
- Course Substitutions Honors, IOE Capstone, IOE Grad, ISD-MFG, ISD-AUTO, ISD-GAME
- IP & NDA Required? Yes
- Summer Opportunity See Complete Description for Details
Lean Manufacturing (4 Students)
Interest in Lean Manufacturing
- Likely Majors: IOE, ISD-MFG
Quantitative Modeling (1-2 Students)
Well developed quantitative modeling and simulation skills
- Likely Majors: IOE, MATH, STATS
Mechanical Engineering for Manufacturing (1-3 Students)
Basic mechanical/electrical design skills and an interest in manufacturing applications
- Likely Majors: ME
Faculty Mentor: David N. Bakos
David N. Bakos is a former GM Executive who retired with 45 years of management experience in Manufacturing and Assembly. He is a graduate of GM Institute with a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Engineering. He has led production activities in manufacturing plants in Ohio and Michigan which produced components for Assembly plants including wheels, axles, stampings, springs, bumpers, and welded assemblies. The last 15 years of his career he was responsible for supplying new processes and tooling to assemble new model GM Vehicles at Assembly Plants on a global basis.
His activities also included converting work groups to understanding and utilizing the concepts of the Toyota Production System, which the industry now refers Lean Manufacturing Systems.
For More Information About This Sponsor, Visit Their Website (DMS).
Sponsor Mentor: Dan Shively