Each semester the ISE Department has the pleasure of working with local companies on Senior Design Projects. These projects are an opportunity for companies to utilize student resources and have new concepts and fresh ideas injected into their real-world projects. This sponsorship is rewarding for both the project sponsor and the student team. ISE would like to thank all of our past sponsors for their participation in the program.

 

Fall 2018

Senior Design Sponsor Altec
 
Company: Altec
Leader: Scott Cunningham, Justin Doble, Thomas Eldridge, and Roo Rollins
ISE Team Members: Rollin Jenkins, Spain Niemer, Mikayla Slomski
Altec has recently purchased a new facility located nearby its existing campus. They are planning to move all fiberglass operations to the new building. The senior design team developed a solution to transport parts between the two facilities for the manufacturing process.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Duke Health
 
Company: Duke Health
Leader: Gregory Brown
ISE Team Members: Stephen Bryant, Mallory Meissner, Jaliyah Scott
Duke Outpatient Clinic provides primary care and specialty services to a range of patients. Using discrete event simulation, the Duke team has generated scheduling and staffing recommendations to reduce patient wait times and bottlenecks within the system, while providing end to end visibility of healthcare processes at the clinic.
 
Senior Design Sponsor HSM
 
Company: HSM
Leader: Jill Viveiros
ISE Team Members: Trevor Bryant, Adam Dorr, Kurtis Konrad, Stephanie Stugg
At HSM Solutions, the plant is experiencing a lack of visibility in their labor and inventory metrics. The student team has designed a system to begin automatically digitizing the information. This system will also reduce unplanned down time by properly scheduling handcutting operations.
 
Senior Design Sponsor IBM
 
Company: IBM
Leader: Pamela Brown, Dan Delucca, Juli Trexler
ISE Team Members: Rodrigo Cabrera, Shadia Garrison, Matt  Hutmacher, Rachel Nagley
IBM wanted to develop a more efficient globally standardized process for reporting its part delivery timeliness (PDT) metric. The ISE team collaborated with several global regions to outline their current processes and used this analysis to create recommendations that dramatically reduced IBM’s PDT reporting time and increased global consistency.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Secmation
 
Company: Secmation
Leader: Hal Aldridge
ISE Team Members: Samantha Labertew, Owen Spangler, Matt White
The chemical manufacturing industry must take great care in handling and storing the chemicals they produce. Secmation wanted to develop an Unmanned Ground Vehicle system for use in the Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) process to increase safety and cut environmental impact.
The ISE student team created a proof of concept simulation that showed design specifications and updated the business case in hopes of receiving funding for the sponsor.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Tindall
 
Company: Tindall
Leader: Jon Burgess, Isaac Perkins
ISE Team Members: Brian Chen, Tanya Lagunas, Jessica Nolting
Tindall’s concrete manufacturing process was not automated due to the fact that each piece was custom-built for a specific job. Manual work gave room for errors with incorrect measurements and faulty pours.
The senior design team used JMP to perform a process capability analysis with data collected at the facility. They made process improvement recommendations based on the results and the observations made at the facility.
 
Senior Design Sponsor VA Prime Clinic
 
Company: VA Prime Clinic
Leader: Gregory Brown, Ziad Gellad, Sonal Patel
ISE Team Members: Michelle Naclerio, Will Duley, Jianan Tang
In the past, patient scheduling at the Durham VA PRIME Clinic created high wait times for the patients.
The student team developed a comprehensive simulation model of the center to help identify the main problem areas and provided suggestions to help mitigate these issues.
 

 

Spring 2018

Senior Design Sponsor Caterpillar, Inc.
 
Company: Caterpillar
Leader: David Williams
ISE Team Members: Grant Fatyol, Brent Goldstein, Lizzy Kroeger, Meghan Murphy, Bobby Rosene
The purpose of this project is to analyze and model the Cab and CTL subassembly operations to aid in the visualization of Caterpillar’s supply chain. Using the developed simulation model, recommendations to eliminate waste and optimize efficiency will be generated with the goal of making the Sanford plant the most efficient facility within the company. The simulation model should also be constructed in a manner that allows for it to be scaled up and applied to other operations in the future.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Century Furniture

 

Company: Century Furniture
Leader: Rhonda Nichols
ISE Team Members: Garrett Becker, Will Biberdorf, Travis Propst, Bo Starnes
Our purpose is to evaluate the forecasting model used by Century Furniture in Hickory, NC. Once we define the forecasts’ accuracy of the current model, we will compare it to at least three additional models. Is the current method of thirteen week moving average the best way to forecast demand for chair frames and fabric, or is an alternative model better?
 
CVG - Commercial Vehicle Group
 
Company: CVG – Commercial Vehicle Group
Leader: Shelby Evans
ISE Team Members: Emily Lubnow, Troy McLaughlin, Lindsey Rutledge, Cameron Shaffer
CVG wishes to automate their cab inspection process to avoid human error. Once the project is completed, CVG will benefit from more efficient inspection methods with fewer errors and have a searchable, digital database. Elective options for cabs will be the main focus of inspection. Units will be locked in until each elective option has been visually inspected by quality assurance personnel.
 
CVG - Commercial Vehicle Group
 
Company: CVG – Commercial Vehicle Group
Leader: Michael Brown
ISE Team Members: Nathan Hilbrands, Ricardo Sucre, Erin Williams
The movement of product through CVG Concord’s S-Rim (Structural Reaction Injection Mold) vehicular dash cell is extremely inefficient, with excessive touches, accumulations of WIP, and excess labor to achieve the end result. How can the current design be optimized to increase productivity and create a more robust and capable production process and value stream?
 
CVG - Commercial Vehicle Group
 
Company: CVG – Commercial Vehicle Group
Leader: Kerry Howery
ISE Team Members: Katie Brock, Andrew Daigle, Cassi Nager
Optimize the current inefficient use of warehouse space in the CVG Concord facility which is affecting the flow of materials throughout the facility. Intended results include organization of equipment and queued inventory to better utilize facility space to reduce high material handling and transportation costs.
 
CVG - Commercial Vehicle Group
 
Company: CVG – Commercial Vehicle Group
Leader: Kevin Xie
ISE Team Members: Brent Johnson, Ankusha Kumar, Sean McGovern
Currently CVG has no method of recording OEE and key performance metrics for the IM, RIM, and Thermoforming operations. the goal is to develop a tool in Access to represent and display the information so upper management can have a better understanding of performance in the plant on a daily basis. Once each individual process is monitored using this tool, the team will also adapt our tool for OEE of the entire plant.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Honeywell
 
Company: Honeywell
Leader: Jay Twiford
ISE Team Members: AJ Cole, Tanner Harris, Rachael Hoellig, Aaron Thomas
The inefficient use of space in the Honeywell Raleigh Lab limits new product introduction and new product enhancement (NPI/NPE) process efficiency and reduces the safety of the testing facility. There is limited work space in the Raleigh location, and low utilization of the tools, materials, and space limits the ability to meet spatial requirements. The problem is expected to increase as production increases. How can Honeywell locate equipment and NPI/NPE resources to increase efficiency, improve lab safety, and consolidate space?
 
Senior Design Sponsor NC DOT
 
Company: NC Department of Transportation
Leader: Lindsey Riddick
ISE Team Members: Charlene Ballard, John Bensink, Anna Costa, Sam Ferry, Zack Kelley
Without the direct approval of funding from the legislative, the NCDOT is unable to complete necessary tasks as need arises. The purpose of this project is to propose suggested facility rental rates so that the NCDOT can produce a profit internally and have money available in a revolving fund to spend on high priority tasks as they arise. What rate should be assigned to each building category?
 
Senior Design Sponsor NC DIT
 
Company: NC Department of Information Technology
Leader: Samila Mohseni
ISE Team Members: Sydney Green, Greg Hauser, Tochi Ogu, Alec Thomas
This project is being pursued to help the State Chief Information Officer, Chief Customer Service Officer, and managers to help indicate the improvement needed in the NC Department of IT. The team will produce a process roadmap for implementation at NCDIT to improve and allow for easy access to information for their reporting system. With this, they also hope to improve the performance of each team within NCDIT.
 
Senior Design Sponsor NC State Sports Medicine
 
Company: NC State Sports Medicine
Leader: Jennifer O’Donoghue
ISE Team Members: Ryan Halford, Lindsey Spiwak, Kelly White, Taylor Wingate
The NCSU Sports Medicine Program wants to ensure that they meet the NCAA requirements for concussion and injury management and continue to evolve, providing the most efficient healthcare to their athletes. The program has already identified that the current process can lead to miscommunication and lacks documentation. They are concerned about students’ safety and potential lawsuits. How can the protocol be evaluated and streamlined to establish clear procedures that are effectively monitored and understood?
 

Robbins Area Christian Ministries

 

Company: Robbins Area Christian Ministries
Leader: Rev. Mamie Alley
ISE Team Members: Julie DeVita, Tori Johnson, Dyllan Moss, Davis Mossman
Prepare, plan, and establish a food pantry for the Robbins County church group, in order to feed the local population. Once completed, the pantry will serve as a smooth running, easily understood facility. It will provide for those in need, as well as having a flexible and dynamic storage system.
 
Senior Design Sponsor SAS
 
Company: SAS Institute
Leader: Sharon Hia
ISE Team Members: Natalie Barbu, Max Davis, Cort Hlavin, James Ross Ally Schueneman
SAS is currently using Excel as the main planning tool for venue and catering orders for their Global Forum Event. The spreadsheet(s) are not performing automatic calculations related to costs and food/beverage orders for large customer events. What is the best way to implement a new user-friendly and automated planning tool that will determine overall financial impact, behavioral analysis, customer experience and provide connections between event and sales leads/software revenue?
 
Senior Design Sponsor SAS
 
Company: SAS Institute
Leader: William Eger
ISE Team Members: Savannah Abel, Ben Craver, Philip Greco, Annie Lin, Michael Rosenberg
The senior design team will analyze the transportation needs of students who live further away from the public schools in Boston, MA. This project will identify inequeties and propose solutions with respect to the needs of students whose commute require shuttle buses and MBTA utilization. The team will analyze the students that are eligible for these shuttle buses and report statistics on potential inequeties in this shuttle bus program. In addition, the team will propose alternatives on how to more efficiently transport these outlying students to and from the schools.
 
Senior Design Sponsor SAS
 
Company: SAS Institute
Leader: Traci Sowards
ISE Team Members: David Angelucci, Will Margolin, Carter McKinstry, Ethan Stewart, Danielle Sumner
The purpose of this project is to optimize current data collection and tracking of large event expenditures by implementing updated version management and access control.
 

SECMATION

 

Company: Secmation
Leader: Hal Aldridge
ISE Team Members: Addison Garrigus, Dylan Kane , Michael Londa, Brandon Thio
Secmation is currently focused on providing information security services. They are looking into potentially expanding their business into the UGV market. What is a reasonable industry use for UGVs that Secmation can pursue?
 
Senior Design Sponsor Toshiba
 
Company: Toshiba
Leader: Brian Young
ISE Team Members: Amy Bevilacqua, Nicole Brugnoli, Anjali Mani, Jeremy Mason, Joshua Ratliff
Toshiba wants to compete with online shopping trend by redoing their front end process to keep up with technology and process improvements that are changing the way customers interact within retail. Accommodate to customer demographics according to their individual needs and behaviors through our group’s alignment with the target market.
 

 
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Fall 2017

Senior Design Sponsor Caterpillar, Inc.
 
Company: Caterpillar
Location: Sanford, NC
Leader: Ethan Miller
ISE Team Members: Everette Jordan, Catherine Root, Michael Schlesinger
Caterpillar, Sanford Operations, assembles several varieties of Skid Steer Loaders. In order to increase production levels, process flow analysis will be used to model and evaluate current standard work in the Post Assembly Process.

Optimization of flows and the elimination of waste within the process will be primary objectives, which may lead to layout and staffing changes, among other recommendations.
 

Senior Design Sponsor Duke Energy
 
Company: Duke Energy
Location: Charlotte, NC
Leader: Natasha Herting
ISE Team Members: Addie Jackson, Lisa Peacock, Clay Stroud, Alicia Vazquez, Anthony Williams
In an effort to better serve customers and open new service markets, Duke Energy’s Digital Infrastructure Team will leverage prepositioned assets, namely streetlight poles, as city-integrated digital centers poised to enhance communities and the visitor experience.

The NC State senior design team will conduct research to expose use cases for camera and public Wi-Fi networks within the Raleigh beltline, culminating with a recommendation to Duke Energy to serve as a basis for future smart city deployment. A scalable, cost-conscious building block model of a sustainable digital infrastructure system that emphasizes optimal asset location and expandable service for a broad spectrum of communities will be the project’s target deliverable.
 

Senior Design Sponsor NC State Sports Medicine
 
Company: NC State University
Location: Raleigh, NC
Leader: Glenda May, Jennifer O’Donoghue
ISE Team Members: Anna Honnold, Cassidey Sowards, Margaret Tobey
Currently, NCSU Sports Medicine requires its student athletes to document medical histories, which are then transcribed into soft-copy form and uploaded to independent, health tracking and records management systems. In order to reduce time and increase accuracy throughout the initial and subsequent information-gathering phases, a paperless, electronic documentation system that leverages software automation tools to assist reviewers is needed.

The project will focus on system functionality, including ease of use, information sharing and upload to third-party software systems. Compliance with regulatory agencies, relevant laws, guidelines, and standards (HIPAA, FERPA, & NCAA) will all be key metrics throughout the project.and upload to third-party software systems. Compliance with regulatory agencies, relevant laws, guidelines, and standards (HIPAA, FERPA, & NCAA) will all be key metrics throughout the project.
 

Senior Design Sponsor NC State Sports Medicine
 
Company: NC State University
Location: Raleigh, NC
Leader: Casi Dailey, Jennifer O’Donoghue
ISE Team Members: Madeleine Fleming, Chris Kelly, Colin Nolan-Cherry
NCSU Sports Medicine currently uses FileMaker, a software application development platform, to build smart device “apps” to manage equipment inventories and the distribution of over the counter (OTC) medication. Where the NCSU Sports Medicine Department is satisfied with current system performance, limitations exist in the area of tracking prescription medications.

This project will provide an accurate and robust, real-time electronic method of keeping track of medications prescribed to student athletes, so described under the guidelines set forth by NATA. Furthermore, methods of providing the NC State Sports Medicine Staff with a way to ensure no contraindications of medications will be an integral component of the tracking/management system.
 

Senior Design Sponsor Vanguard Furniture
 
Company: Vanguard Furniture
Location: Conover, NC
Leader: Danielle Tumblin
ISE Team Members: Evan Heath, Hossam Eldin Helal, Lauren Houston
Vanguard, a build-to-order upholstered furniture manufacturer, currently employs assembly methods that promote excess movements and pose potential ergonomics hazards.

Improving Vanguard’s upholstery processes and a redesign of in-process transportation methods (e.g. lift carts) will help Vanguard realize undiscovered efficiencies and increase production rates, all within the framework of a safer work environment and one that promotes damage-free movement of goods.
 

 
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Spring 2017

Senior Design Sponsor Century Furniture
 
Company: Century Furniture
Location: Hickory, NC
Leader: Kevin Boyle, Tim Harmon, Rhonda Nichols
ISE Team Members: Taylor Badgett, Rachel Longenecker, Sean Nanagas, Andrew Nyce

Century Furniture’s sofa manufacturing plant was stocking out of common frame component parts, affecting schedules and disrupting manufacturing operations.

The ISE student team analyzed part storage and ordering methods and rules and will develop lot size and reorder models that optimize part availability while minimizing carrying costs, thus respecting desired schedules and forecasts.
 

CVG - Commercial Vehicle Group
 
Company: CVG – Commercial Vehicle Group
Location: King Mountain, NC
Leader: Gary Brooks, Shelby Evans, Sean Noonan
ISE Team Members: Emily Buchenberger, Logan Lane, Austin Minton

New automation has recently been installed at the Commercial Vehicle Group (CVG) plant location in Kings Mountain, NC in support of the next generation Cab system. Even with the newly implemented capabilities, the management team does not believe that functionality for weld gun performance has been optimized.

The ISE team optimized the maintenance schedule and improve process productivity by developing a real-time process monitoring system.
 

CVG - Commercial Vehicle Group
 
Company: CVG – Commercial Vehicle Group
Location: King Mountain, NC
Leader: Gary Brooks, Shelby Evans, Devin Hepburn
ISE Team Members: Ben Jones, Mitchell Chalker, Jenna Misenheimer

Existing analog electro-coat processes at Commercial Vehicle Group’s (CVG) Kings Mountain, NC vehicle manufacturing facility use analog and manually operated controls to modify bath operating temperatures. Present methods discourage quality initiatives and are inefficient by today’s standards.

To solve the problem, the ISE team developed an automated system to monitor, collect and report vital process information, and control temperature as well as improve quality performance.
 

Senior Design Sponsor Coty
 
Company: Coty
Location: Sanford, NC
Leader: Rob Leder, Emmanuel Horton
ISE Team Members: Lauren Garrett, Kalene Hanson, Justin Mauney, Andrew Page

Changeover times between fragrances and associated packaging are inconsistent and wasteful.

With a goal of reaching one minute per changeover, the ISE student team improved changeover time by at least 15 percent by analyzing and controlling process centerlines. By eliminating paper logbooks and converting over to a database-driven system, efficiencies with regard to staffing, changeover strategies, run-size strategies and SKU filling were achieved.
 

Senior Design Sponsor Coty
 
Company: Coty
Location: Sanford, NC
Leader: Rob Leder, Will Morin, Larissa Sanchez, Sara Wolfson
ISE Team Members: Josh Barclay, Jacob Quinn, Max Uhlig

Bulk losses due to changeover inefficiencies and improper filling of skincare equipment is of cost concern to Coty.

To solve the problem, the ISE student team designed and implemented a process standardization matrix based around specific key process parameters. The project promoted a 20 percent improvement by way of loss reduction. Quality and production worker training levels will follow as impactful improvements.
 

Senior Design Sponsor Coty
 
Company: Coty
Location: Sanford, NC
Leader: Rob Leder, Wallie Tyler, Kenneth Zabel
ISE Team Members: Andrew Barmer, Jennifer Frix, Derrick Sprague

Quality and safety are highly visible at the Coty manufacturing plant. Data captured in these areas are valuable and can be used to justify future capital projects. Data already captured have not been quantified into specific costs related to safety or quality.

The ISE student team data mined and identified the leading, lagging, and intangible costs of any particular safety or quality incident and developed a tool that management will be able to use to benchmark Coty’s performance against industry competitors.
 

Senior Design Sponsor Dell EMC
 
Company: Dell EMC
Location: Apex/RTP, NC
Leader: Andrea Rekrut, Adolf Santos, Amber Williams
ISE Team Members: David Carpenter, Marian Hudson, Jeremy Lamb, Ryan Stevens

Dell EMC maintains staging inventory for its manufacturing facility at an off-premises warehouse. Besides general inefficiencies observed, racking safety standards enforced at sister facilities have not been implemented at this location.

The ISE student team standardized processes and established best-practice policies related to these activities in an effort to save on warehousing costs, reduce and eliminate safety risks, along with enhancing intra-facility communications.
 

Senior Design Sponsor DIME Lab
 
Company: DIME Lab
Location: Internal (NSF funded)
Leader: Atin Angrish
ISE Team Members: Jerry Coleman, Austin Colvard, Sigrun Kraehe, Madison Souder

A common customer complaint is that it takes too long to find a suitable vendor that can produce a part, prototype or otherwise, in a “quick-turn” manner.

To solve the problem, the ISE team surveyed 15 local manufacturers and captured data on machine capacity, utilization, order types, how new business is found and the information on the overall quoting process. The team then developed a capacities and capabilities database and provided a simulation tool that reflects machine capacities, scheduled utilization, order and material diversity, as well as quoting parameters.
 

Senior Design Sponsor GE
 
Company: GE
Location: Mebane, NC
Leader: Kyle Nordike, Samantha Odrobina
ISE Team Members: Laura Geary, Trent Jones, Ryan Long, Drew Pierce

The 63L Automated Transfer Switch production line is not running efficiently due to a substantial number of defects encountered in the assembly process. The current process state is contributing to lower than desired throughput and lower profits.

The ISE team performed production line flow and balance analyses and designed, iterated and tested new pick carts for production. Through optimization, defects were drastically reduced and throughput increased by at least 10 percent.
 

Senior Design Sponsor NC State Sports Medicine
 
Company: NC State University
Location: Raleigh, NC
Leader: Casi Dailey, Jennifer O’Donoghue
ISE Team Members: Lilah Conley, Mark Denton, Connor Sweeney, Ashley Williams

The NC State Sports Medicine provides student athletes with Over the Counter (OTC) and Non-steroidal (NSAID) medications. Currently, there is no standard procedure to track medication, which presents safety as well as regulatory concerns.

The ISE student team developed an IOS-compliant tracking system for NCSU Sports Medicine Athletic Trainers.
 

Senior Design Sponsor NC State Sports Medicine
 
Company: NC State University
Location: Raleigh, NC
Leader: Ryan Hollerman, Rob Murphy, Jennifer O’Donoghue
ISE Team Members: Bailey Davis, Shane Dodd, Ian Goldberg, Taylor Purvis

The NC State Sports Medicine Department relies heavily on the transfer of paper documentation and email trails when it comes to onboarding new employees and the licensure and training of current employees.

To solve the problem, the ISE team determined and implemented the best available system and methods for paperless data management.
 

 
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Fall 2016

Senior Design Sponsor Caterpillar, Inc.
 
Company: Caterpillar
Location: Sanford, NC
Leader: Siraj Kapasi
ISE Team Members: Mahmoud Ghoneim, Vika Kiseleva, Sam Nichols and Rebecca Towns
Caterpillar has three production lines (frames, lift arms and roller frames) that are not operating at optimal levels. They want to streamline these operations and improve productivity and control.
To solve this problem, the ISE team will create a simulation model for each individual production line. The team’s goal is to use the model to decrease nonproductive time on the lines by 20 to 25 percent.
In the future, Caterpillar engineers will continue to use the model as a decision making tool for testing possible improvements to their production lines.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Joyce Farms
 
Company: Joyce Farms
Location: Clemmons, NC
Leader: Ryan Joyce and Jimmy Mitchell
ISE Team Members: Cole Hamilton, Devin Kelly, Matthew Wadsworth and Brandon Walton
Joyce Farms wants to improve several aspects of their chicken processing production lines (French breast, French breast boneless skinless and chicken breast boneless skinless). They are looking to reduce processing time, product touches and travel distance.
Using value stream mapping techniques, the ISE team will develop a list of changes to improve the system. The team’s goal is to reduce process flow time, number of product touches and travel distance, as well as regain pallet storage racks. This will be beneficial in controlling inventory and reducing costs.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Moen
 
Company: Moen
Location: New Bern, NC
Leader: Michael White
ISE Team Members: Caleb Cushing, Claire Hooks, Matthew Kloeblen, Cindy Sink and Caleb Wilson
At Moen’s New Bern Plant, materials arrive from the component warehouse and are then transferred to the production floor using several different methods of transportation. This system causes internal routing delays and is creates an unsafe and inefficient workplace.
The ISE student team will track this internal traffic flow and provide recommendations for a designated route path. The goal is to optimize the plant traffic flow, number of trucks and number of workers needed for each shift.
 
Senior Design Sponsor NC State Sports Medicine
 
Company: NC State Sports Medicine
Location: Raleigh, NC
Leader: Jennifer O’Donoghue
ISE Team Members: Olivia Adams, Chase Jackson, Lydia Lloyd and Seamus Williams
NC State Sports Medicine utilizes many forms and software programs to collect and store health-related data that is then shared with other internal and external departments. They want to streamline the process of gathering, reviewing, acting upon and disseminating this information.
The ISE student team will make the process more constructive, comprehensive and easy for users and recipients. The goal is to provide the highest quality healthcare while increasing workflow efficiency.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Piedmont Aviation
 
Company: Piedmont Aviation
Location: Greensboro, NC
Leader: Rick Reed
ISE Team Members: Jalen Feaster, Zach Gabriel, Brian Hessand Jonathan Lovin
Piedmont Aviation offers its customers a 30-day guarantee on landing gear repairs. The necessary parts for these repairs are not arriving in time for Piedmont to meet the 30 day mark. The layout of the facility is not optimal and is contributing to the delays.
The ISE student team will gather process times for landing gear overhauls and then create a simulation model to analyze the process for improvements. They will also identify the top 10 parts used in landing gear repairs and develop an inventory policy for storing parts on-site.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Precor
 
Company: Precor
Location: Whitsett, NC
Leader: Paola Langlois
ISE Team Members: John Bolla, Justin Jablonski, James Shirley and Taylor Wilt
Precor has invested in a new robotic welding cell featuring quick change tooling capability. They need to improve the staffing, super market size, lot sizes and scheduling methodologies for the cell.
The ISE student team will assess the robotic welding cell’s current capacity, usage and bottlenecks. The team’s goal is to create a plan to improve system capacity and effective usage of the robot’s time.
 

 
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Spring 2016

Senior Design Sponsor ATI
 
Company: ATI
Location: Monroe, NC
Leader: Tim Jenkins
ISE Team Members: Eric Nagy, Michael Hartsell and Alex Self
ATI uses a process called Hot Isostatic Pressing in order to condense specialty metals to ensure perfect density. ATI has recognized that the canister used is an integral part of the process cost.
The ISE student team has been conducting a cost analysis on multiple different ways to manufacture the canister.
 
Senior Design Sponsor ATI
 
Company: ATI
Location: Monroe, NC
Leader: Tim Jenkins
ISE Team Members: Melanie Card, Jesse Hogg and Steven Spalding
At ATI, canisters are filled with metal powders and disturbed in order to reach the highest packed density as possible. ATI currently uses a vibrating table in order to disturb the powder.
The ISE student team’s goal was to find the best way to disturb the powder and increase the packed density.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Big Rock Sports
 
Company: Big Rock Sports
Location: Hamlet, NC
Leader: Randy Hendrix
ISE Team Members: Jason Best, Max Copeland and Liz Hester
At Big Rock Sports Distribution Center, high amounts of hunting, guns, and fishing products are received every day. This yields the need to organize and stock the warehouse at a high and efficient pace.
The ISE student team implemented changes in the stocking process by creating simulations which would minimize the time it takes for an item to go from dock to stock.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Century Furniture
 
Company: Century Furniture
Location: Hickory, NC
Leader: Rhonda Nichols
ISE Team Members: Ryker Andrews, Marissa Grisham, Janie Lyerly and Corbin Rhoads
Century Furniture has two upholstery facilities in Hickory, NC that share fabric inventory. The project targets optimizing the storage location of each material and reducing the number of fabric transfers between the two facilities.
The ISE student team created a VBA tool that analyzes usage data from SAP and recommends a home storage plant based on where primary consumption occurs.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Coty
 
Company: Coty
Location: Sanford, NC
Leader: Brent Hauser, Gordon Edmiston, Arul Kasinathan and Nancy Coe
ISE Team Members: Gene Huneycutt, Sarah Rogers and Matthew Westbrook
Currently, labor tracking methods at the Coty Distribution Facility are reflected as an aggregate total. When a worker clocks in for the day, there is no granular breakdown for what type of work they are doing.
The ISE student team created a database for monitoring actions throughout the day.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Dyer Mobility
 
Company: Dyer Mobility
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Leader: Chris Dyer
ISE Team Members: Kali Drake, Sarah Hasan and Doug Petrea
Dyer Mobility is seeking to become the industry leader of disability services solutions. It is currently considering how to best provide personal mobility devices to manual wheelchair users at universities.
The ISE student team created the decision tools needed for management which contain market research, user testing data, and economic analysis.
 
Senior Design Sponsor EMC
 
Company: EMC2
Location: Apex, NC
Leader: Andrea Rekrut (NC State ISE 2004)
ISE Team Members: John Carver, Joe Figueroa and Mahlon Matthews
EMC products have ‘Kits’ that go along with all products that contain necessary materials for proper installation. These Kits are stored on the production floor nearest to the pack-out line where the Kits are packed with the final products.
The ISE student team has created a future state layout to optimize kit storage.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Enloe High School
 
Company: Wiliam G. Enloe High School
Location: Raleigh, NC
Leader: Rodger Koopman
ISE Team Members: Michael Blum, Emmanuel Horton and Jia Lin
Enloe High School’s current carpool lane has become a traffic nightmare and a danger to students. Parents line up in two or three rows of vehicles, and sometimes traffic backs up for over a half mile.
To make the carpool experience less frustrating for parents and safer for students, The ISE student team will resolve the problem using existing infrastructure and a new carpool method with enforcement policies.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Flanders
 
Company: Flanders
Location: Smithfield, NC
Leader: Dan Butler
ISE Team Members: James McKinley, Katelyn Shuping and Chandler Thames
Flanders manufacturers a high volume of fiberglass air filters. Due to the volume of production, Flanders is currently experiencing a high waste disposal cost for their fiberglass scrap.
The ISE student team focused on reducing the amount of scrap going to the landfill, thus reducing this cost.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Guerbet
 
Company: Guerbet
Location: Raleigh, NC
Leader: Odi Ikpe
ISE Team Members: Lindsay Emer, Elle Howe and Matthew Mullen
Guerbet produces syringes and vials containing various types of Contrast Imaging solution; a solvent used in MRIs and X-Rays to enhance the image. During the manufacturing process, an unknown amount of solution loss occurs.
The ISE student team will first identify the type of solution, then quantify the amount of loss, and finally develop a solution to reduce the level of loss.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Guerbet
 
Company: Guerbet
Location: Raleigh, NC
Leader: Carolina Martinez
ISE Team Members: Zachary Bostick, Westley Forbes and Benjamin Rachunok
At Guerbet, radiological contrast material is produced by mixing various powdered metals in solution. This process is currently handled manually with great labor requirements.
The ISE team has proposed semi-automated solutions to the powder mixing process, reducing labor expenditure and excess material loss.
 
Senior Design Sponsor IBM
 
Company: IBM
Location: RTP, NC
Leader: Juli Trexler, Michael Kincade, Kaylynn Harrison, Heath Hoffman and Kevin McCann
ISE Team Members: Braeden Barr, Karim Habbal and Taylor Smith
IBM provides technical support services for its hardware clients. As part of the support process, each customer receives a survey. The survey are processed through a website and then manually extracted, analyzed and distributed.
The ISE student team automated the data extraction process, as well as improved analytical results to increase productivity savings and survey score results.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Lenovo
 
Company: Lenovo
Location: Whitsett, NC
Leader: Cliff Richards and Glenn Stiles
ISE Team Members: Blaine Little, William Martin and Nicholas Remy
At Lenovo, orders are comprised of different products and depending on the weight and quantities of products in each order are either shipped via a bulk shipping process or through a small pack process.
The ISE team modeled the current processes in a simulation and manipulated the simulation to come up with an order cut schedule that optimizes outputs for operators to follow.
 
Senior Design Sponsor NC State University
 
Company: NC State University
Location: Raleigh, NC
Leader: Casi Dailey
ISE Team Members: Felix Cantos, Todd Goldfarb and Julianne Spencer
NC State Sports Medicine orders $100,000 worth of supplies annually without an inventory control system. This has led to lack of visibility of reorder points for supplies.
The ISE student team has created a financially-acceptable system that tracks inventory in a user-friendly way.
 
Senior Design Sponsor NC State University
 
Company: NC State University
Location: Raleigh, NC
Leader: Kristen Mostrom
ISE Team Members: Codi Massey, Hiro Sato and Kady Ward
The NC State University Rifle Team’s shooting suits are prone to microbial growth. There is no adequate standardized protocol to reduce and inhibit the growth of microbes.
The ISE student team will provide and implement a protocol for the prevention and sanitization of microbial growth on the rifle shooting suits.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Tindall Corp
 
Company: Tindall Corp
Location: Petersburg, VA
Leader: Isaac Perkins
ISE Team Members: Alex Lott, Aniket Desai and Eric Draeger
Since the construction of Tindall’s warehouse in 2008, it has never been properly laid out and the stirred production materials have never been well-organized.
Using knowledge of EOQ and reorder points, the ISE student team recalculated inventory levels and redesigned the warehouse to help keep materials organized and improve material picking times as well as ensuring that business critical materials never run out of stock.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Web Assign
 
Company: Web Assign
Location: Raleigh, NC
Leader: Anna Milner and Lauren Knapp
ISE Team Members: Marie Erickson, Nicole Hamilton and Kelly Pomeroy
WebAssign creates and codes questions to be published into online learning modules. They are looking to increase capacity for the future.
The ISE student team improved department-wide efficiency by focusing on three main areas; agile scrum practices, a data analysis tool, and continuous education.
 

 
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Fall 2015

Senior Design Sponsor Caterpillar, Inc.
 
Company: Caterpillar, Inc.
Location: Sanford, NC
Leader: Siraj Kapasi and Valerie Siltman
ISE Team Members: Daniel King, Adam Rafalowski, Anna Renfro and Blake Rosier
Caterpillar plans to increase its production in its Sanford location by 17% per week. They discovered that the method for creating the weekly build schedule is inefficient. It currently takes 190 minutes to create the schedule in Excel. The ISE student team will create an automated scheduling tool using VBA and form controls. The tool will seek to reduce the scheduler’s processing time by 95%.
 
Senior Design Sponsor EMC
 
Company: EMC2
Location: Apex, NC
Leader: Andrea Rekrut (NC State ISE 2004) and Greg Schneider
ISE Team Members: Adam Betzwieser, Seth Bryan, Roy Millberg and Jace Weddington
EMC2 orders raw materials from overseas that can arrive well before they are needed for production. They store these materials in an off-site storage facility. EMC estimates that they recycle 30 tons of packaging materials per month. The ISE student team plans to reduce the amount of waste in the packaging operations at EMC’s Apex facility. At the same time, they look to reduce the cost on packaging materials.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Flanders
 
Company: Flanders
Location: Smithfield, NC
Leader: Dan Butler, Ron Schriver and Amy Yee (NC State ISE 2014)
ISE Team Members: Matthew Billings. Taoufik Falsy, Kayla Summer and Christopher Turner
Flanders produces almost half a million air filters per year. They currently buy the filter’s metal frame, called a header, from an outside supplier. Flanders estimates they can save $500,000 a year by installing an in-house production line. The ISE student team plans to determine which sizes are viable for in-house production. Their goal is to develop layout, work flow, material handling and storage for the new production line.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Lenovo
 
Company: Lenovo
Location: Morrisville, NC
Leader: Cliff Richards, Glenn Stiles and Rick Patterson
ISE Team Members: Rachel Gibson, Brian Linn, Nathan Mauney and Addison Warden
The Lenovo distribution center has plans to take on more responsibilities. The current layout of the Customer Solution Center (CSC) is taking up too much space and has become inefficient as the facility’s demands have increased. The ISE student team plans to create a flexible work area to accommodate for fluctuating demand. Their goal is to reduce the footprint of CSC work area by at least 10% as well as increase capacity by 20%.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Novozymes
 
Company: Novozymes
Location: Franklinton, NC
Leader: Travis Edwards (NC State ISE 2013) Randal Holmes and Emily Hon
Novozymes have three production lines. One uses newer technologies that can operate at a faster and cheaper rate. They currently use a deterministic calculation to compute various production scenarios. This process has many steps that are stochastic in nature which makes their calculation risky. The ISE Student team plans to create a simulation model to capture the random nature of the process to deliver key statistics.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Trivantage
 
Company: Trivantage
Location: Mebane, NC
Leader: Dan Fouratt, Chong Kim and Craig Yokeley
ISE Team Members: Tyler Melvin, Rachel Oneyear, Kristin Teague and Paul Whitley
Trivantage’s current packaging and shipping is inefficient and does not factor in the variety of orders. They want to streamline to process and increase its profit margin by 30%. The ISE student team has three solutions to the problem. They plan to change the multiple branch shipment logic, standardize the logic in choosing box size and review Trivantage’s discount freight program.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Trivantage
 
Company: Trivantage
Location: Mebane, NC
Leader: Dan Fouratt and Craig Yokeley
ISE Team Members: Jonathan Addison, Zach Bouren, Charles Copeland and Cam Simmons
Trivantage’s current return rate for orders is above the industry average of 1%. They want to reduce their return rate to less than 1% which reduces costs and improves their customer satisfaction. The ISE student team plans to use multivariate analysis to discover trends in Trivantage’s return data. They want to find the underlying reasons for the high quantity problems, then develop solutions to solve these problems.
 

 
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Spring 2015

Senior Design Sponsor AKG Thermal
 
Company: AKG Thermal Systems
Location: Mebane, NC
Leader: Jacob Miller
ISE Team Members: Rachel Black, George Korn, Emily Peeler and Samuel Wurst
AKG Thermal Systems wanted to implement a continuous improvement plan as well as lean manufacturing principles to support their growth and need for increased order fulfillment capacity. Specifically, they wanted to reduce the time of the scheduling and assembly processes. The ISE student team created an automated program that prioritized orders and improved the overall assembly and shipping process.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Big Rock Sports
 
Company: Big Rock Sports
Location: Raleigh, NC
Leader: Wayne Decker
ISE Team Members: Charles Clayton, Chris Dodds, Nick Lepore and Pat Nager
Head Quarters Taxidermy Supply (Big Rock Sports) needed to improve their current process for manufacturing Habitat materials to meet the growing demand. The ISE student team created a more efficient process to allow HQ to mass produce Habitat materials by designing a new floor layout, applied 5S and created a shop floor control system.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Big Rock Sports
 
Company: Big Rock Sports
Location: Raleigh, NC
Leader: Wayne Decker
ISE Team Members: Justin Ferguson, Zach Little, Jonathan Page and Kyle Trainor
At Big Rock Sports, orders are comprised of different products made in multiple cells. Once an item is finished in its cell and boxed, it is sent to the merge area to wait for the rest of the items in the order. Some items can wait for days in the merge area for the rest of the items to be completed. The ISE Student team created a schedule for each item in an order to be started so the entire order will arrive in the merge area at the same time, thus reducing the amount of time orders spend in the merge area.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Cummins
 
Company: Cummins, Inc.
Location: Rocky Mount, NC
Leader: Paul Powell
ISE Team Members: David Goyer, Hannah Leskovec, William Nifong and Christian Peterson
At Cummins, Inc., engines must be properly closed off to any water before being washed. If water gets into the engine, it is considered defective and must be reworked. Currently, the task of closing off engines to any water is handled by the operator. The ISE student team created a robust, systematic way to identify to the operator which caps are needed for each engine as they come through the Pre-Wash station. The system eliminated the trial and error method for determining the appropriate masking.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Cummins
 
Company: Cummins, Inc.
Location: Rocky Mount, NC
Leader: Kevin Carlson
ISE Team Members: James Beall, Kevin Gahagan, Jerel Jordan and Ethan Miller
At Cummins, Inc., the process for masking an engine in the pre-paint station is not standardized and is performed, by memory, by the operator. Combine this with the fact that there are no quality control systems to ensure the maskings are correct and all to often the results are customer disapproval and loss of profits. The ISE student team created a system or framework to provide error proofing and a standard means of masking engines.
 
Senior Design Sponsor EMC
 
Company: EMC2
Location: Apex, NC
Leader: Andrea Rekrut (NC State ISE 2004)
ISE Team Members: John Hajnos, Alexander Hodge and Mark Trongdon
At EMC2, orders are comprised of different products made in multiple cells. Once an item is finished in its cell and boxed, it is sent to the merge area to wait for the rest of the items in the order. Some items can wait for days in the merge area for the rest of the items to be completed. The ISE student team created a schedule for each item in an order to be started so the entire order will arrive in the merge area at the same time.
 
Senior Design Sponsor EMC
 
Company: EMC2
Location: Apex, NC
Leader: Andrea Rekrut (NC State ISE 2004)
ISE Team Members: Kristin Gavin, Ismail Lekorchi, Noah Linger and Alex White
EMC2 has decided to create its own stinger tools because current stingers have a 12-week lead time to order. This problem has reached the point at which the company may miss shipment goals and management wants to ensure this does not occur in the future. The ISE student team created a program to forecast the number of stingers needed one, two or multiple quarters out.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Flanders
 
Company: Flanders
Location: Smithfield, NC
Leader: Dan Butler
ISE Team Members: Charles Klecker, Malcolm Stephen and Andrew Wenk
Flanders is currently transitioning from a hot glue to a cold glue lamination process. Because of the cost savings, Flanders will be adding more cold glue lamination machines into its facility to meet the high demand. Flanders wants to standardize its entire lamination process, from raw materials to the location of the finished rolls. To accomplish this, the ISE student team studied the current inventory flow and operating procedures in order to increase productivity to meet the high demand.
 

 
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Fall 2014

Senior Design Sponsor Caterpillar, Inc.
 
Company: Caterpillar, Inc.
Location: Sanford, NC
Leader: Siraj Kapasi
Caterpillar is the leader in building the world’s infrastructure and in enabling progress for millions of people around the globe. To stay an industry leader, Caterpillar implements constant improvements to their production facilities. Currently, they are looking to reduce the cycle time and cut maintenance time of the first three cells of the lift arm assembly line. The ISE team’s project is to install a material handling system. The system must improve ergonomics, safety and cycle times while reducing maintenance downtime.
 
Senior Design Sponsor EMC
 
Company: EMC2
Location: Apex, NC
Leader: Andrea Rekrut (NC State ISE 2004)
EMC2 is a leading provider of IT storage hardware solutions. They promote data backup and recovery and speed up the journey to cloud computing. Currently, they store all materials in their warehouse’s “supermarket.” Workers deliver these materials to different cells throughout the warehouse. Some materials are delivered to many cells, while others are only delivered to one cell. The ISE team’s project is to compare this current delivery method with alternative method that improves material flow and decrease storage.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Flanders
 
Company: Flanders
Location: Smithfield, NC
Leader: Dan Butler
Flanders is the largest manufacturer of air filters in the United States. Industries like HVAC, semiconductor manufacturing, ultra-pure materials, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals use their products. Flanders design, manufacture, market, and distribute air filters and related products. Currently, Flanders is automating their production lines and wants to install a Baxter robot. The ISE team’s project is to figure out the optimal placement for the robot to increase daily line capacity. They are also working to decrease the amount of defects produced and reduce labor costs.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Siemens
 
Company: Siemens
Location: Charlotte, NC
Leader: Amogh Bhonde, Milton Monroe
Siemens is a global powerhouse in the fields of electrification, automation and healthcare solutions. They have around 362,000 employees and business activities in almost all countries in the world. Currently, the repair process of their stationary gas turbine components is not operating at optimal levels. The ISE team’s project is to improve lead times and reduce costs in the repair process.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Sports Endeavors
 
Company: Sports Endeavors
Location: Hillsborough, NC
Leader: Drew Blum
Sports Endeavors is the leading expert in soccer, rugby and lacrosse equipment. The sports they represent are the sports for which they have a personal passion. It is this passion that gives them unique insight into the needs of their customers. The ISE team’s project is to improve the process by reducing the impact of bottle necks and system errors. The team will create time standards for each station, then work on optimal resource scheduling plans to facilitate on-time deliveries.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Tindall
 
Company: Tindall Corp.
Location: Spartanburg, SC
Leader: Isaac Perkins
Tindall is an industry leader in precast, prestressed concrete systems. They provide long-term performance and financial viability in all parts of the project. Currently, Tindall wants to streamline the process for maintaining their equipment. The ISE team’s project is to develop a system that would allow workers to add / view maintenance records. The system will also allow workers to print out the needed weekly maintenance requirements.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Urban Ministries
 
Company: Urban Ministries
Location: Raleigh, NC
Leader: Pablo Escobar
Urban Ministries of Wake County lessens the harmful effects of poverty by meeting basic needs for food, shelter and health care. Currently, they would like to create a better process to manage their pharmacy inventory. The ISE team’s project is to develop an electronic system for inputing and managing the drug inventory levels. They must also create ways to reduce the amount of money spent on inventory.
 

 
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Spring 2014

Senior Design Sponsor Caterpillar, Inc.
 
Company: Caterpillar, Inc.
Location: Sanford, NC
Leader: Martin Kegel, James Wood
To maintain its position as an industry leader, Caterpillar implements constant improvements in their production facilities. Currently, limited floor space, long wait times from the bottleneck of the process and large, bulky pieces of work lead to inconsistent work in progress (WIP). The ISE team’s project is to optimize crane usage and product flow, have no parts stored on floor and have optimal WIP. All the while maintaining established safety guidelines.
 
Senior Design Sponsor EMC
 
Company: EMC2
Location: Apex, NC
Leader: Andrea Rekrut (NC State ISE 2004)
EMC2 is a leading provider of IT storage hardware solutions to promote data backup and recovery and accelerate the journey to cloud computing. Currently, the stockroom has been moved off-site which in turn has increased the potential of internal stock-outs, causing lost capacity or even missed shipments. The ISE team’s project is to analyze and optimize the new processes with a goal of reducing internal stock-outs by 10 percent.
 
Senior Design Sponsor John Deere
 
Company: John Deere
Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC
Leader: Eduardo Castillo
From tractors and engines to construction, forestry and turf care equipment, John Deere provides equipment, tools, technology and services that fit the needs of a changing world. Currently, the late configuration area of the warehouse has experienced significant growth in the last year and needs to have its processes optimized to increase effective production. The ISE team’s project is to identify and prioritize opportunities for improvement, develop the ideal future state process, create an implementation plan and begin the process improvement concepts.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Liquip International
 
Company: Liquip International
Location: Reidsville, NC
Leader: Bryan Tregdon (NC State ISE 2001)
Liquip International’s Aviation Division engineers and manufactures a wide range of aviation refueling products including refuelers, hydrant dispensers, stationary hydrant carts and filter vessels. Currently, the cellular vehicle assembly operations lack standard work and standard operating procedures. The ISE team’s project is to create standard work for all assembly functions to provide a predictable and consistent build cycle that reduces both product lead-time and overall cost.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Nomacorc
 
Company: Nomacorc
Location: Zebulon, NC
Leader: Rob Schabinger (NC State ISE 2003)
Last year, Nomacorc produced over two billion wine closures with the best possible wine preservation performance so that the consumer’s experience is exactly as the winemaker intended. Currently, Nomacorc has no means to model or analyze their extrusion area. The ISE team’s project is to create a simulation model of the extrusion area for the purpose of testing different equipment and personnel scenarios to determine the optimal production layout.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Novozymes
 
Company: Novozymes
Location: Franklinton, NC
Leader: Travis Edwards (NC State ISE 2013)
Novozymes’ core business is industrial enzymes, microorganisms, and biopolymers. They employ in-house projects, strategic alliances, and acquisitions to enter new business areas. Currently, the turnaround time of fermentation equipment is planned for 16 hours but that plan is not monitored. The ISE team’s project is to optimize the turnaround process by standardizing the process and create a visual tracking tool to monitor performance which, in turn, will reduce waste and improve efficiencies.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Revlon
 
Company: Revlon
Location: Oxford, NC
Leader: Shawn Nutter
Revlon’s manufacturing plant in Oxford, NC is the largest cosmetic plant in North America producing 400 million pieces per year ranging from nail enamels to shampoo and conditioners. Currently, the machine tooling changeover needs to be improved to limit the amount to downtime. The ISE team’s project is to optimize the machine tooling changeover of key manufacturing lines by addressing time changeovers, task lists for line changeover, sequences using SMED and 5S principles and shadow board changeover carts. Finally, the team will monitor the enhanced changeover.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Triumph Actuation Systems
 
Company: Triumph Actuation Systems
Location: Clemmons, NC
Leader: Ed Dobner (NC State ISE 2011)
Triumph Actuation Systems is an international supplier of aerospace components and systems. All of their assembled products are 100 percent inspected on test stands to verify functional abilities. Currently, the test stands are not universal, operators are not cross trained and there isn’t a testing schedule. The ISE team’s project is to create an interactive schedule to prioritize testing of these assemblies. This will involve; work studies of setup/cycle time/teardown, simulations of various scenarios, statistical likelihood of passing test and planned shutdowns for maintenance.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Urban Ministries
 
Company: Urban Ministries
Location: Raleigh, NC
Leader: Pablo Escobar
Urban Ministries of Wake County lessens the harmful effects of poverty by meeting basic needs for food, shelter and health care. Currently, the roads surrounding their open door clinic lacks control of speed limits, entry and exit to businesses and there are no pedestrian or bus easements. The ISE team’s project is to study access to the Urban Ministries location, current traffic patterns and make recommendations on how to improve safety.
 

 
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Fall 2013

Senior Design Sponsor Caterpillar, Inc.
 
Company: Caterpillar, Inc.
Location: Sanford, NC
Leader: Megan Myers
With large volumes made at the facility, improvements are constantly being implemented as the facility increases production and the company strives to maintain their position as an industrial leader. The design team will focus on the manufacturing cell that welds the arms of the loader. With increasing demand, every improvement possible, from eliminating downtime to efficient movement of materials, is crucial. This project will concentrate on the conveyor system between the manual and automated welding stations for the lift arms with a focus on material handling within these cells.
 
Senior Design Sponsor EMC
 
Company: EMC2
Location: Apex, NC
Leader: Andrea Rekrut (NC State ISE 2004)
The purpose of this project is to clearly define the current functions of the internal parts distribution network at the EMC Apex facility. The team will create a model to represent this system in order to provide EMC with a data-driven benchmark of their process. Additionally the students will propose recommendations to improve this process focused on various performance measures.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Novozymes
 
Company: Novozymes
Location: Franklinton, NC
Leader: Dave Newman
The purpose of this project is to improve the utilization of the maintenance process in which parts are delivered to the mechanics on the production floor. The objectives of this project are to eliminate waste in the delivery process such as waiting and duplicating tasks, to develop standard procedures and explore other possible storage systems for the parts. The recommendations for this project will span from process changes to changes in centralization or decentralization of maintenance related inventory.
 
Senior Design Sponsor Revlon
 
Company: Revlon
Location: Oxford, NC
Leader: Shawn Nutter
The purpose of our project is to improve the overall performance of one or two of the top 15 lines in Revlon’s factory. In order to accomplish our goal we will first validate current line performance versus theoretical line performances. After our process benchmarking is completed, we will then identify opportunities for process improvements in order to improve line productivity.
 

 
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