Thesis Project - From Problem to Solution
Problem: A seating systems company lacked a mechanism to safely and efficiently transport seats between conveyors.
Solution: Joseph Meyer designed a universal ergonomic lifting device, resulting in a savings of $1.2 million.
Problem: Traditional methods have proven problematic in the search and recovery of missing persons and human remains.
Solution: Sarah Kokosa utilized infrared spectroscopy to analyze skin, bone and hair for tracking and locating live humans as well as detecting human remains.
Problem: A communications company was experiencing reliabily and efficiency issues with employee time documentation.
Solution: Benjamin Banks created a database to facilitate fast, accurate management of time documentation. Information can be search and recalled for payroll and customer invoices more efficiently, resulting in cost savings of $18,720 per year.
Problem: GM Powertrain experience low tool life during the maching of powdered metal bearing caps and cylinder blocks.
Solution: Rochanda Williams determined slowing the feed rate would reduce downtime and overall costs, resulting in $1 million in savings per year.