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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

Supply Chain Improvement, Allegion

Student Team: Ji Lei, Pengyu (Peter) Zhai, Meng-i (Nathan) Chou, Juan Jose Guerrero

Faculty Advisor: Sang-Phil Kim

Project Description: Allegion, an international company, focuses on manufacturing security products and providing security solution for homes and business. It is made up of 27 global brands including CISA, Interflex, LCN, Schlage and Von Duprin. The $2 billion company employs around 8000 people and sells products in more than 120 countries across the world. Confronted with the fact that market and product grow fast, it has become critical to consider how to continuously decrease cost. In this project, the team implemented a clustering algorithm to identify the opportunities to consolidate the screw packs. They also conducted make/buy analysis to seek opportunities to decrease cost.


Inventory Optimization Project,  Coleman Cable

Student Team: Linjie Wang, David Windmiller, Xiangyang Song

Faculty Advisor: Sang-Phil Kim

Project Description: CCI is a leading manufacturer and innovator headquartered in Waukegan, IL which produces wire, cable and other electrical products, serving a multitude of channels and industries. CCI categorizes their broad assortment of products into 4 categories; Industrial, Electronic, Assembled and Copper Fabrication. Over the past 40 years, CCI has built the business through a series of strategic acquisitions and organic growth to ensure exceptional performance. The scope of this engagement was to both optimize inventory levels and investigate changes in production quantities for Coleman Cable. The team’s recommendations were presented in a PowerPoint presentation and Excel worksheets, and included suggestions for implementing a (Q, r) inventory control policy, focused on implementing reorder points and levels of safety stock in order to reduce lead time to the fabrication department’s customer. These reorder points and levels of safety stock were suggested according to both normal and Poisson distribution models.

Additionally, optimal production quantities (batch sizes) were proposed for 9 of CCI’s products according to the Economic Order Quantity (EOQ) model.


Warehouse Optimization Project, Caterpillar

Student Team: Yoshitake Tajima, Meng Zhang, Qi Zhang

Faculty Advisor: Sang-Phil Kim

Project Description: Caterpillar Inc. is an American corporation which designs, manufacturers, markets and sells machinery and engines and sells financial products and insurance to customers via a worldwide dealer network. Caterpillar Inc. traces its origins to the 1925 merger of the Holt Manufacturing Company and the C. L. Best Tractor Company, creating a new entity: the California based Caterpillar Tractor Company. In 1986, the company re-organized itself as a Delaware corporation under the current name —Caterpillar Inc. Caterpillar Inc. is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. With more than US$89 billion in assets, Caterpillar was ranked number one in its industry and number 44 overall in the 2009 Fortune 500. The Caterpillar manufacturing plant in Lafayette, Indiana was opened in 1982, and has since become the company’s main source for medium-speed diesel engines for marine, petroleum, electric power, locomotive and industrial applications.  Producing Caterpillar’s most well recognized and durable engines, the 3500 and 3600/C175 series engines, the Lafayette Engine Center now consists of 1.3 million square feet (123,000 square meters).

Caterpillar Inc. eliminated one of the three logistics buildings within Lafayette area a month ago. The current local logistics warehouse structure supporting production is made up of two logistics building called VMPE and 30th ST. This project developed an algorithm and process to evaluate the most cost efficient storage location and resulting local shuttle routes to maximize shuttle usage while supporting build needs. The team established a dynamic model for consolidating the production inventory into two of the warehouses, which includes three potential reallocation policies that could be selected in the light of changing demand.