Faculty Advisor

Towner, Walter Thomas

Abstract

The goal of this MQP was to assist CNE Direct in their aim of increasing their monthly throughput. We conducted background research on the company’s current system, studied multiple process optimization options, and recommended ones we believed fit the company’s needs. The methods used were an axiomatic design decomposition, value stream mapping, schedule optimization, and process modeling. Our results included the detection of couplings in the production process, incompatibility of one-piece flow with the existing batch scheduling system, and finally, validation of CNE Direct’s current process model. Our ultimate conclusion is that the most effective way for CNE Direct to increase throughput is to add capacity to their existing system.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

September 2014

Major

Management Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Business

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