Faculty Advisor

Fofana, Mustapha S.

Project Center

Walden, NY


The principal objective of this project is to evaluate the need for and implementation of lean manufacturing systems at Spence Engineering Company. The proposed methods for evaluation and validation include a reconfiguration of the current state plant layout, creating a new value-added re-distribution of parts, integrative CAD model of the proposed layout and optimization of machines tools. We will show how the new layout can eliminate waste and delays. The outcome will also provide a detailed explanation of the steps taken to implement the changes in the Company. The essentials of lean manufacturing systems and technology are fully integrated into the new model system. The risk of machining down time, long setup times and unintentional accidents are minimized in the new layout.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering