Faculty Advisor

Saberi, Sara

Faculty Advisor

Towner, Walter Thomas

Faculty Advisor

Vassallo, Helen G.

Abstract

The goal of this project was to reduce the manufacturing throughput time for large resin superabrasive grinding wheels Saint-Gobain’s Worcester plant. The methods used included lean manufacturing concepts, current and future state value stream maps, industrial process simulation using Arena®, and spaghetti diagrams. The results identified production bottlenecks, calculation of queuing times and new production schedules. The two main conclusions show first, material modifications to the production schedule that will reduce the throughput time and second, a discounted cash flow analysis of the impact of our proposed recommendations.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2017

Major

Management Engineering

Major

Industrial Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Business

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