Faculty Directed Student Projects: Every firm has that “job jar” of important projects that just never seem to reach peak priority for the limited resources available. These are exactly the projects that the DCMME Center is interested in assisting you with.
If interested in partnering with the Center to complete a project with your company or to learn more, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project Scope: The project aimed at documenting the current state and mapping order processes using Visio, identifying and addressing the key gaps in the current state and proposing an anticipated future state for order process by building a Salesforce order queue for the plants located in the US.
Premier Auto Detailing
Premier Auto Detailing and Wash serves individuals and business owners throughout the Greater Lafayette Community, providing vehicle cleaning, detailing and repair services for all sizes, makes, and models of vehicles. The company was looking to optimize their operations to provide faster and on-time delivery for its services and to use their capacity more profitably. They also wanted to reduce their carbon footprint and become a green business to contribute to the environmental cause. The team from DCMME center made site visits to understand the business problem better. The site visits were also used as opportunity to interview process stakeholders working on-site. Post data collection, the team used various analyses used for solving business problems. As per the AS-IS analysis of the business operations, the following areas for improvements to reduce the carbon footprint of the business were discovered: water usage and treatment, solid waste disposal, power utilization, air emissions, and operational layout. The team listed out the long-term and short-term measures to be taken for each of these areas. The team also summarized the information needed to help Premier get started with Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s Environmental Stewardship program, and the team provided curated information to put a robust Environmental Management System in place.
We are on the verge of the next transformational revolution in transportation and the automobile industry with the introduction of Autonomous Vehicles. As an emerging technology, Autonomous Vehicles have the ability to impact economic value creation as well as enable economic development, with its adoption in the consumer as well as business markets. Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has partnered with DCMME Purdue students to work on developing a business ecosystem around Autonomous Vehicle Infrastructure in Indiana to help support this emerging technology and allow businesses to leverage the benefits that it brings with it. The project team will be evaluating the perception of Autonomous vehicles with the business community and identifying opportunities and key projects for INDOT to embark on. The focus of the partnership is to empower businesses to adopt and implement Autonomous Vehicles and leverage them to develop a competitive advantage.
INDOT Economic Development
In the INDOT Economic Development project, the project work is progressing as per the schedule and the team has completed mapping of I-65 and I-70. The mapping includes gas stations, restaurants, rest areas, emergency shelters, truck parking spaces and motels. Moreover, progress has been made on completing the same for I-64 to I-94. Data comparing Federal vs. State owned roads has been compiled. Data on green space from the state tax department has been acquired which will form the base for filtering out state owned green space. This project is in its early stages, and much more data will be compiled in the future.
The focus of the project was to research for new market opportunities, improve operations with the help of new technology, and build a simulation tool for improving bidding accuracy for the contract work services team at JRDS. The proposed solution was designed to help JRDS enhance current operations and establish new business. During the course of the project, the team explored the opportunity for JRDS to pair with French Knot to carry out quality check, packing and billing for their gloves, headband, caps and other products. The other ideas for business development included bundling, packing of school supplies during start of school season, and fruit basket packing and decoration. Technologies like Light Guided Systems, Bar Coding, Microsoft HoloLens, BrainExchange, Video Analytics, and BlueVision were evaluated. These technologies would enhance the productivity of different types of employees in the facility. We proposed Light Guided System and Bar Code technology for streamlining the supply chain and quality test system. Light Guided System can be used to quality inspection, training, sorting, part knitting and sequencing. For simulation purposes, the team used SimQuick spreadsheet and JaamSim simulation software to replicate real life operations at JRDS to help improve the bidding accuracy and reduce the risk of variation from planned and actual costs.