Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
College of Science and Engineering
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This report discusses strategies used to improve operational excellence within a custom manufacturing company. These continuous improvement strategies were used to identify a tool that would improve overall performance and would allow the organization to be more competitive. The organization was threatened by global competition driving down market prices and weakened by a complacent culture and inefficient processes that resulted in millions of dollars in manufacturing variance. These factors contributed to the company’s loss of profit and competitive advantage in some key markets. The objective of this project was to evaluate, select and develop tools and techniques that would increase profitability and competitive advantage by increasing responsiveness, efficiencies and productivity while reducing manufacturing variance. This was to be achieved through the application of continuous improvement methodologies. The project identified nesting software as a tool that could greatly improve the current state of the plate cutting process. This tool allowed the organization to be responsive at the initial stages of the project. It also constructed a plan for optimizing the utilization of material and effectively displayed the nested layouts within the manufacturing documents in order to effectively communicate and execute the plan. Execution of the plan reduces material variance, rework costs and scrap which results in significant cost savings. For a custom manufacturer of this type, the key to increasing profitability and improving competitive advantage is to continuously improve internal capabilities.
Moore-Govro, Robin L., "Development of Operational Excellence Strategies in a Custom Manufacturing Environment to Increase Profitability and Gain Competitive Advantage" (2015). Culminating Projects in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. 11.