Faculty Advisor

Brown, Christopher A.


Priorclave has potential to shorten throughput time, increase capacity, refine scheduling, reduce WIP, and meet customer specifications quickly without disrupting the flow of production. In order to illustrate this potential, a current state was established to benchmark against. Lean techniques such as kanban and JIT were then explored along with traditional manufacturing techniques such as MRP. Finally, a future state was developed to show a prototype system that uses lean and MRP techniques to achieve a throughput time of 2 days, and 50% reduction in WIP.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2002


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Program

Mechanical Engineering