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FOSTERING THE CENTER’S DEVELOPMENT

HELPING REVITALIZE U.S. MANUFACTURING

HELPING REVITALIZE U.S. MANUFACTURING

HELPING REVITALIZE U.S. MANUFACTURING

HELPING REVITALIZE U.S. MANUFACTURING

A TRIP TO INDIA & OTHER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

A TRIP TO INDIA & OTHER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

STUDENT FOCUSED. FACULTY DIRECTED

STUDENT FOCUSED. FACULTY DIRECTED

A CENTER THAT CELEBRATES MANUFACTURING

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Projects

Center Projects Section

Rolls-Royce:   An Industry in Supply Chain Transition

Professor Ananth Iyer

Project Manager:  Mary Pilotte

Research Assistants:   Rho Cauley (MBA 2009) & Ryan McCombs (MBA 2010)

 Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and operates in four global markets - civil aerospace, defense aerospace, marine and energy. Support of both defense and commercial product provides unique challenges in terms of inventory, service, etc. with product stock keeping units (sku’s) often defined as low volume with high complexity.

The 2009 market conditions impacted every industry and aerospace was no exception.  The industry overall faces many changes, however Rolls-Royce is determined to lead the way towards improvement initiatives in the markets they serve.  Focused on simplifying the supply chain while keeping an eye on opportunistic and strategic conditions created by the economy, Rolls-Royce partnered with the DCMME/GSCMI Centers to provide an alternative view of both process opportunities and environmental threats on the supply chain horizon.

Two Center graduate assistants with backgrounds in the airline and aerospace industries took on the challenge with academic leadership from Center Director, Dr. Ananth Iyer.  Together they researched, analyzed and presented a compelling perspective from which the supply chain team at Rolls-Royce could consider their current perspective on supply chain strategies and overall supply chain excellence.  The project which spanned the fall semester of the 2008-9 academic year provided a rich experience for the students to explore and promote into practical application, the supply chain best practices taught here at the Krannert School of Management.  In addition, the Centers continue to benefit from an enduring relationship with Mr. Dennis Warner, Vice President of Production and the entire Rolls-Royce leadership team, which enables the mission of education, research and industry outreach to become a tangible reality. 

Thank you Rolls-Royce!

  

Katz, Sapper & Miller Certified Public Accountants:   2007-8 Gear & Fulcrum Indiana Manufacturing Performance and Practice Review

Professor Ananth Iyer

Project Manager:  Mary Pilotte

Research Assistants:   Lukas Morawski (MBA 2009) & Lindsey Weiss (BS Mgmt. 2010)

In 2008 for the second year, Indianapolis accounting firm Katz, Sapper and Miller (KSM) sponsored research lead by Dr. Ananth Iyer and the Dauch Center for Management of Manufacturing Enterprises.   In a study known as the Gear and Fulcrum, a detailed survey was launched to over 6000 manufacturing and operations focused firms across the state, for the sole purpose of determining how these businesses tactically operate with an eye toward increasing operational effectiveness.

The results of the 2008-9 study were published just as the domestic manufacturing sector began to signal signs of the looming market stress.  The data, although retrospective in nature, suggested that high performing Hoosier firms were well aware of the need to actively manage supply chain complexity across their operation.  In addition, they continue to focus on product and service attributes that provide a distinct market niche which tends to protect shrinking margins in times of high competition.  Finally, in spite of the weak U.S. dollar at the time of the survey, the high performing firms across the state leveraged this to their benefit while also taking advantage of state incentives and grants to upgrade their assets and people.

We are proud to announce that KSM Partner, Mr. Scott Brown once again invited us to produce the Gear and Fulcrum for 2009-10 and we will be rolling out the exciting 2009 study results at the annual Fall Operations Conference scheduled for Friday, September 26th, 2009 at Rawls Hall, Purdue University.  We hope you can join us as we share study highlights from this timely Indiana manufacturing study and enter our third year in partnership with KSM. 

Thank you Katz, Sapper and Miller Accounting firm!   

  

Hillenbrand Incorporated - Batesville Casket Company:   Exploring Distribution Excellence

Professor Ananth Iyer

Project Manager:  Mary Pilotte

Research Assistant:   Arun Radhakrishnan (MS Engineering 2010)

Always interested in the prospects of assisting Indiana firms, the DCMME/GSCMI Center personnel were thrilled when approached by Hillenbrand Inc. to work with their Batesville Casket Company team on a project to examine avenues of enhanced distribution excellence.  The project which launched in November 2008 and concluded in May 2009 involved collaborating with a broad range of internal subject matter experts in the unique industry of funeral products and services.

Under the Batesville team leadership of Ms. Diane Bohman, Vice President of Logistics, both the Center research assistant as well as all involved in the project execution learned much about what it means to maintain exemplary customer service while striving for network optimization, in this previously unexplored manufacturing and service segment for the Center.

Thank you Hillenbrand Incorporated and Batesville Casket Company!

  

Greenbush Industries - Wabash Center:   Warehouse and Distribution Business Start-up

Project Manager:  Mary Pilotte

Research Assistants:       Rho Cauley (MBA 2009), Roman Kita (MBA 2009), Lukas Morawski (MBA 2009)

Alan Siu (MBA 2010), & Mark Wolfred (MBA2010)

 

CONEXUS INDIANA:   Indiana Supplier Capability

Professor Ananth Iyer

Project Manager:  Mary Pilotte

Research Assistants:       Lukas Morawski (MBA 2009), Mark Wolfred (MBA2010) &

 Lindsey Weiss (BS Mgmt. 2010)

Making connections for industry growth is a key focus for Conexus Indiana and for the DCMME/GSCMI Centers at Krannert School of Management.  Conexus Indiana was looking for more tools to assist in the launch of their “Connector Services” program aimed at driving economic growth in the advanced manufacturing, transportation, distribution and logistics industries across the state. 

Conexus Indiana through partnership and collaborative activities with Purdue’s Technical Assistance Program (TAP) and DCMME/GSCMI team, initiated a project focused on creating recommendations for a web-based supplier database which would hopefully help to create networking opportunities for Hoosier businesses.  The goal of the project was three fold:

1)       Identify and formulate key descriptions of individual Indiana manufacturing firm’s capabilities that allow OEM (original equipment manufacturer) procurement managers to easily and rapidly identify readily available assets across the state.

2)      Assess firm’s willingness to share information and participate in populating a database site, for the purpose of increasing the procurement effectiveness for OEMs across Indiana.

3)      Review existing databases capable of or already hosting this type of information, bring to bear best practices and facilitate advisory team recommendations from the research.

This project provided an insider’s view of essential information necessary to fuel supply chain opportunities across industries and the state.  The Centers continue to look for ways key learnings from this engagement can assist the state in its economic recovery going forward.

Thank you CONEXUS Indiana!