• 3rd party perspective : Professional Consultant, Inc. management of Rexam automation line upgrade

      Hagedorn, Julie A.
      This case study will review an Automation Control upgrade at Rexam in Princeton completed by Professional Consultants, Inc. (PCI). This case study is presented from a third party perspective, as the writer was a programmer on this project. Primary focus was given to major issues that directly impacted the overall success of the project, with special emphasis on management and their decisions throughout the project. Then some time will be spent summarizing best practices learned from relevant journal articles which are summarized in Appendix J. Discussion on which particular best practices that the author feels PCI should consider adapting as company practices can be found in the Discussion section. Lastly, a review of major issues in the project will be presented with predictions of how they could have turned out differently had these practices already been in place. Suggestions to avoid making the same mistakes on future projects will also be explored, as well as discussions on what elements of the project went well and should be repeated in the future. A literature review section which highlighted numerous articles pertaining to various project management practices that the writer felt was relevant to this project are located in the Appendix. This report is meant to provide an insight into how project management practices at PCI can be altered for improved efficiency and financial success in the future.
    • 442 McAdam

      Boulangger-Gimenez, Dalia
      The McAdam Company has recently moved its headquarters to Toronto, Ontario, and is predicting a major increase in demand of its unique handbags. Sarah Shell, business owner, has realized she can no longer produce the handbags herself and she is exploring whether to outsource production with either a domestic or an international manufacturer. Shell needs to take production costs, minimum order requirements, and volume designs into consideration in order to make the best profitable decision for her business. After analyzing the possibilities of outsourcing, Shell determines that using an international manufacturer will improve the profitability of the company. The cost of production is $80 per handbag if produced by an international manufacturer vs. $120 per handbag if produced by a domestic manufacturer. However, residual inventory levels at the end of the season will likely be higher if an international manufacturer is selected and this excess inventory may end up being sold at a discounted price and possibly a loss. Residual inventory levels at the end of the season will likely be lower by using a domestic manufacturer, and this alternative provides the convenience of having the production onsite and easier to monitor by Shell. Finally, a local manufacturer will also save McAdam shipping costs.
    • Acoustic Emission Application

      Degbe, Jerome; Klein, Matthew
      Communities exposed to landslide risk in low and middle-income countries seldomly have access to instruments to monitor slopes to provide a warning of instability because existing techniques are complex and expensive. Research and field trials have demonstrated that acoustic emission (AE) monitoring can be an effective approach to detect accelerating slope movements and to subsequently communicate warnings to users. The purpose of this project is to design, test, build, and implement a network-based landslide detection system along with an early warning system. The system will have the capability of monitoring and predicting a landslide and the ability to trigger an alarm to warn residents. This report describes the concepts consideration, the system overview, the sensor node, and the base station. Due to design specifications constraints, and global supply crisis, the students were not able to select an adequate sensor. The project resulted in the successful creation of a base station and network communication. While the inspiration for this project is a landslide detection system, similar systems that require low power long distance sensor networks could also utilize this project as a framework.
    • Add nothing, omit nothing, change nothing : professional medical interpreters use of emotion regulation

      Schmidt, Erica L.
      Professional medical interpreters provide language translation in various health care settings. The interpreters are often trained to act solely as conduits of communication regardless of the circumstances surrounding the appointment such as: cultural differences, type of medical appointment (i.e. emergency, routine exams) or age and gender of the client. Prior research has indicated that interpreters are valuable in assisting providers with communicating health care information to their patient; however, there is not a definite answer on whether interpreters should be mandatory in healthcare settings when a spoken language barrier is present (Edwards, Temple & Alexander, 2005; Jiang, 2013; Mutchler, Bacigalupe, Coppin & Gottlieb, 2007). In addition, there is extensive quantitative and qualitative research on the emotional labor and emotion regulation experienced by healthcare providers, in which some of the research addresses healthcare providers experiencing frustrations due to cultural and language barriers (Mutchler, Bacigalupe, Coppin & Gottlieb, 2007; Sherrill & Mayo, 2014). However, there is little qualitative research that explores the emotional labor and emotion regulation experienced by medical interpreters. This thesis examines the emotion regulation strategies, such as surface and deep acting, utilized by medical interpreters throughout interpreting sessions. Qualitative methods of semi-structured interviews were conducted with medical interpreters and patients (whom utilized interpreters). The data revealed that medical interpreters experience emotional labor and attempt to utilize emotion regulation strategies in order to fulfill their role as a conduit of communication between their client and the provider; however, majority of interpreters considered themselves patient advocates or cultural brokers and felt it was not possible to solely act as a conduit based on the many circumstances surrounding the client's need, appointment type or background.
    • Additional fly ash storage : dewatering bins conversion project at Indianapolis Power & Light Petersburg Generating Station

      Brooks, Christopher Joseph
      The objective of this thesis is to complete a project in order to create additional ash storage capacity and system reliability for our Petersburg Generating Facility. Specifically, an economical solution for fly ash storage and disposal is required in order to meet evolving environmental emissions regulations required at the coal fired power plant. First, the additional storage space required will allow both outage maintenance on existing fly ash storage locations and add extra capacity for use during full capacity generation. Second, creating this additional place for disposal will allow for operations to continue generation during any issues with the existing disposal locations. Operational and financial impacts determined that a project centered on the conversion of existing bottom ash handling tanks provides the greatest benefit. Current and future operations is impacted and internal planning and coordination helps change once open topped dewatering bins to closed fly ash handling tanks.
    • Administrative, behavioral, and work process changes for reliability imporvements in pelletizer rubber pull rollers used in manufacturing of engineere

      George, Nicholas Andrew
      This project focuses on improving work practice around pelletizer equipment for the purpose of reducing business impact from maintenance costs. There is a particular emphasis on the human behavior factor influencing the resistance to change. This issue has parallel application to a variety of change management efforts in manufacturing or process improvement environments. The study introduces pelletizer equipment and the standard approaches taken by three units - or "plants" - within one particular chemical manufacturing facility (which remains nameless for anonymity), for pelletizer pull roll maintenance. The impact of poor practices results in significant business impact, especially over the life of the facility. The focus of the study is implementing best practice changes in each of the three units to alter human behavior around rubber pull roll maintenance, and introduce sustainable changes that will result in a recovery of the expense of the pull rolls. Each unit has its own set of unique challenges that must be overcome to have a positive impact. As part of this study, trials were conducted and documented with positive results. Administrative and behavioral changes were an integral part of the change management process. At the conclusion of the project, each unit has a solid foundation for a path forward to sustainable and meaningful change that improves business cost and efficiency long term.
    • Alternative voices : women in public spaces

      Machonisse, Tânia da Assunção
      Women worldwide face lack of opportunities to fight and demand basic human rights, such as education and freedom to choose their own path in life. Women from all over the world face substantial to enable them to succeed and follow their dreams. Women lack access to formal education, financial resources, and social value that would allow them to participate actively in the development of their communities and countries. The cultural and social roles attributed to women in many countries have an important connection to the process of formal education as well as socialization of these women. In this context, it is important to understand what women who have access to education think about themselves as role models to other women. This capstone project, in a format of a documentary video, was produced in order to give voice to young women who are exposed to international universities and are constructing education as a safe public space to express their sentiments regarding the opportunities that they have to fight for their dreams and future goals in their countries.
    • Aluminum rolling mill solid waste recycle system

      Hall, Timothy G.
      This project report describes in detail the process by which Commonwealth Aluminum will Incorporate two environmental projects into one. The first project is entitled landfill closure and the other is the company waste reduction plan in which each department will be required to use the on-site recycle facility which will treat and manage plant waste. It also describes the methods used to recycle each waste stream and how each method will contribute to cost savings and environmental liability reduction in order to achieve full compliance with regulatory mandates. The primary goal of the project is centered around reducing the volume of wastes being disposed of by Commonwealth. The annual waste report serves as the tracking mechanism for defining and quantifying the progress of the project (see Attachment B). This annual waste report assesses the old steady-state conditions and compares the waste volumes and costs with the new waste reduction program totals. The other primary goal of the project is to complete the capping of the old on-site landfill as required by the State Environmental Protection Agency to prevent groundwater contamination. This project helps achieve this goal. A financial benefit will result in the combining of both projects, thus promoting project management efficiency in order to minimize expense and project completion time for the Company.
    • Analysis of a Returnable Packaging System : Refrigeration and Air Control Group of Whirlpool Corporation

      Bloodworth, Dennis S.
      True supply chain management requires that every step of the material flow process be examined to determine if the best possible cost has been achieved. A different perspective is sometimes needed to view additional savings opportunities that will help a company create and maintain a competitive position in the global marketplace. As circumstances frequently change in the business world, it is essential that even the management of materials once considered disposable be evaluated for long term use. It is in the proper management of these materials and associated processes that new opportunities arise to achieve best in class performance. Whirlpool Corporation has made a concerted effort to leverage its many years of manufacturing experience in the continued operation of its returnable packaging program. However, in a fiercely cost constrained environment, Whirlpool Corporation has reached a decision point for future planning and operation of this program. The maintenance of business cost for one of the three divisions has exceeded the contribution level at which the division financially supports the returnable packaging program. This disparity of cost versus benefits received has temporarily been covered by cost improvements achieved by the group. However, this practice cannot continue indefinitely This paper has focused on the existing operations involved in managing the program for these three manufacturing divisions located in the United States of America. Costs and benefits have been documented. These divisions have realized significant savings through pooling their resources to achieve standardized robust designs, leveraged buying, and an effective material flow process. This team effort has enabled them to drive down the manufacturing conversion cost for individual divisions while allowing them the opportunity to use the savings to create value for the company, the employees, and the shareholders. It is important that every company examine opportunities for improvement. While validating the value creation this program currently provides for Whirlpool Corporation, this paper considered the following program improvement options: 1.) Do nothing; maintain status quo of materials primarily owned by Whirlpool Corporation achieving incremental improvement as opportunities present themselves. 2.) Supplier owned packaging where this cost is buried in the piece price of the part cost. 3.) Expanded regional, systematic, synergetic process of the current system described in option number one above. Whirlpool Corporation has traditionally taken the path of ownership of the majority of the materials comprising the returnable packaging program. Benefits including lower purchase order cost, lower inbound freight costs, improved quality, and lower indirect labor costs have been realized. Ownership of the materials allows Whirlpool Corporation to better control the variability of these cost elements. This paper has shown that additional opportunities for improvement exist for those who choose to be good stewards of every part of their material flow process. Therefore, with proper process ownership, option number three, as noted above, is the best future option for Whirlpool Corporation.
    • Analysis of Wheel and Tire Drum Testing Surfaces

      Hagan, Tristan
      The purpose of this project is to further the knowledge of Accuride’s dynamic fatigue testing processes. Accuride currently uses two different types of radial drum testing stations. The radial drum testing stations utilize a large diameter driven drum that will rotate. A wheel and tire assembly will press against the drum where the friction from the drum and the tire causes the wheel and tire assembly to rotate along with the driven drum. When this rolling effect is created a substantial load is placed upon the wheel and tires assembly to accelerate the fatigue test. This dynamic radial drum test is set to show the wheels ability to perform in the industry, where they are continuously used on large vehicles within the trucking industry. The cycles needed to pass the test standards are set according to the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Association of European Wheel Manufacturers (EUWA) and other international organizations. All new wheel designs, wheel material changes, or wheel modifications must be tested to be qualified for sale. It is important to know that the different radial drum station types are similar when completing a fatigue test. There are two different styles of radial drum testing stations which are the concave and the convex systems, which refers to the side of the drum the wheel and tires assembly is placed upon. The goal of this analysis is to gain understanding of the effects each different type of radial drum stations has on the wheel.
    • Apex Engineering, Inc. : time card improvement for a consulting engineering firm

      Rosean, Alan B.
      Apex Engineering, Inc. uses a computerized accounting program called Win2 for processing its payroll even though each week every employee fills out a time sheet by hand. Errors on the time sheets were delaying processing. This thesis project looked at improving the time sheets. The project centered around the design and implementation of a computerized timecard to replace the handwritten time sheet. This project served two major purposes. First, the new computerized timecard improved the accuracy and completeness of the original time sheet. Second, the information in the new timecard can now be easily extracted and compiled into reports. All data is contained within a Microsoft Access 2.0 database table. Tools such as structured query language (SQL) can be used to extract information from the central database based on selected criteria such as a list of all employees hours for any given project. The new computerized timecard was designed with short-term tactical and longterm strategic goals in mind. The tactical goals included faster timecard completion; more accurate match of project numbers and descriptions; and more accurate computation of employee hours. The strategic goals covered creation of a centralized database containing all employee timecard data with provision for extraction, compilation and creation of reports using SQL. These SQL-derived reports now can be used for improving areas such as the bidding process or personnel assignments within the firm . The timecard was designed to be simple and easy to use, especially by noncomputer literate personnel. To use the timecard the employee merely starts the program in a standard Windows environment. Then the employee makes selections by use of a standard Windows pointing device such as a mouse or track ball. The only typing involved by the employee is entering the hours worked on each project. The timecard program automatically computes the hours as the employee advances from one option to the next. The service program is also easy to use. Its opening screen contains command buttons that open tables in the database for direct editing by support personnel. Any table can be edited. The service program operates from a secure computer to maintain confidentiality.
    • Assessing efficiency opportunities for metabolic products

      Coulter, Julia
      This project is focused on Mead Johnson's metabolic product family. The team will document the current cost of goods structure and the charges which are incurred at the third party manufacturer. Based on this infonnation, we will identify opportunities to reduce costs associated with product sampling, label order processes, production equipment cleanups, and material carrying costs. We will also assess qualitatiye issues. These will include Plant 2's safety record as compared to the perfonnance of Plant 1 's and quality systems versus Mead Johnson's internal quality standard. Based on the information gleaned from these assessments, we will identify savings opportunities, make recommendations on how best to capture the savings and offer suggestions to improve qualitative systems.
    • Automated Medicine Sorter/Counter/Cutter

      Scarlett, Brayden; Briles, Langdon
      The purpose of this project is to design and build an automated pill sorter that sorts pills into seven-day pill planners with AM and PM containers. Additionally, the project will utilize a cutter system to sort pills by half dose as specified by the user and store the other half for future use. The project will also allow users to input pill medication names, dosages, and regimens via an onboard and computer-based user interface. These actions will be controlled by a NORDIC Semiconductor microcontroller which will retain pill data, operate the user interface, and control when doses are sorted via a master/minion system with two Arduino microcontrollers which will control the sorting and cutting systems, respectively. The project is also designed with user modularity in mind, allowing the user to sort as few as one type of pill or as many as six types. Finally, the cutter system being used has already been designed by a previous team. This cutter system was designed to cut pills in half with a minimum amount of mass loss.
    • The Automated Vertical Carousel Storage System

      Sizemore, Jack; Starr, Adam; Wilson, Lyndon; Zieg, Nick
      The goal of this project is to design and implement a vertical carousel storage system that is small enough for tabletop usage in a classroom setting. It can be used in manufacturing classes to be studied and analyzed in lectures or labs. This will bring greater knowledge towards the younger generation of engineers to eventually help with organizational issues in the future. Another focus for the carousel storage system is to keep the electrical components for labs (resistors, capacitors, etc.) organized and easy to locate.
    • Automation & network disaster recovery planning (ANDRP)

      Wolfe, Rockie S.
      Automation has evolved into many levels of complexity and points of failure. In this research paper the focus is on automation disaster recovery methods and examples. Also, extra effort was put into the growing interdependency of automation and Information Technology (IT) in the modem manufacturing facilities of today. Disaster recovery plans under the business continuity model is briefly discussed as research and articles in this area have been in print for decades if not centuries. Some discussion is covered in the benefit-cost analysis section. This short discussion is not meant to take away from the importance of benefit-cost analysis to artfully sell needed projects to procurement and upper management. The research is broken down into five different yet related disciplines: Automation, Disaster Recovery Plans, Information Technology, the new Hybrid, and Benefit Cost Analysis. After covering the five different disciplines there is a follow up with an example application for Automation / IT Disaster Recovery Plan. The intent of this paper is to create guidance for starting a disaster recovery plan in a manufacturing setting. Unfortunately no '"one size fits all" and the many challenges of natural and intellectual negative effects on business continuity will demand a lifelong commitment to investment, education, and awareness.
    • Awareness of racial diversity in interracial communication : the voice of supporters for social acceptance

      Nguyen, Anh Tuan
      The United States is becoming a more racially diverse society mainly due to demographics. By 2025, foreign-born citizens and ethnic native-born children will make up one third of the United States' population. In the higher education context, this demographic shift will offer significant opportunities and challenges in accommodating a multiracial learning environment. The question that arises is, how can universities respond to this social change, and how can they prepare to better adapt to racial diversity? One solution that presents itself is a more directed emphasis on effective communication skills in the interracial context and awareness of racial diversity to promote an inclusive environment where people from different backgrounds can thrive. The purpose of this qualitative research is to investigate how racial diversity is perceived at the University of Southern Indiana (USI), a comprehensive university in the Midwest. To understand how USI students conceptualize racial diversity, attention is given to their actual experiences and stories related to social acceptance on campus. Twelve students who identified themselves as members of the Living Learning Communities (LLCs) and Cultural Awareness Training class (CAT) voluntarily participated in the interviews with the researcher to share their opinions on racial diversity on campus. The findings of this study indicate the respondents consider racial diversity to be a global multicultural issue rather than a racial issue of inclusiveness. Furthermore, this study contributes to the literature on how universities can engage students in a racial diversity-based curriculum and interracial activities to raise their awareness of racial acceptance and social justice.
    • Battle Bots

      Scott, Eric; Bailey, Tanner; Eaker, Aaron; Callahan, Noah; Gomez, Tim
      The Clean Sweep team designed and deployed the Sweepy McMurderbot battle robot built on the iRobot Roomba 600 Create 2 Open Interface platform. This platform provided two drive wheels and one front caster wheel along with an integrated power source and motion-control electronics with a serial interface. The mobile platform was enhanced with a rotating flail type weapon, a top side shield, and wireless Joystick control capability. Solidworks was the common engineering environment the team selected for modeling and as a virtual integration platform. Three Arduino Uno’s were utilized. One controlled the stepper motor that powered the flail weapon, LEDs, and the audio. One controlled the Roomba and sent commands over serial to the Roomba and the weapon controller. The last one interfaced to a Joystick and allowed the operator full control over the robot and commands via WiFi to the Roomba controller. All software subroutines were written using C/C++ language via the Arduino IDE This design project was completed within a 16-week period with a project cost of $1,000.00. The end goal of this project was to demonstrate fundamental engineering design capabilities and understanding, as well as designing and deploying a winning battle bot that will crush the competition – or at least smash them to bits.
    • Benefiting from the advancement in gas tungsten ARC welding technology in a welding fabrication facility

      Hammen, Gregory Joesph
      A&B Process Systems is a manufacturing facility of various product lines supporting industries including food, dairy, and pharmaceutical. These fabricated products have a requirement to be high in purity and utilize various grades of stainless steel due to their ability to inhibit corrosion. Historically the business make up has been to customize every order to suit the needs of the buyer. However, times have changed and A&B has recognized that they are in an ever-growing competitive industry. In fact, consultants and employees have been assigned to seek ways to maximize throughput and minimize costs. Practices such as lean six sigma and theory of constraints are being communicated to create a culture that constantly looks for ways to improve the entire fabrication process. From the design to delivery, there are many opportunities to improve upon inefficiencies. In an effort to reduce lead time and costs, a proposal was made by senior management for standardization implementation. The proposed plan was to have a finite number of tank designs that the company has to offer at a set price. This would ultimately speed up the design process and the ability to batch orders and promote repeatability and consistency through the standardization process. In order to increase productivity and maintain the quality and safety during the fabrication of these tanks, a time study was performed over a period of two weeks to review the current welding practices associated with welding circumferential welds. On average, A&B produces a quantity of four hundred 10-foot diameter tanks per year. This amounts to 1,275 in. of weld seam per tank. After introducing the new and improved welding process, 3,060 hours of labor have been saved amassing over $275,394.00 and allowing the ability to fulfill additional work orders each year.
    • Benefits of global simulation in second language acquisition, intercultural development, and French study abroad programs

      Grubb, Lance Michael
      Through this three-part qualitative analysis, I explore the structure and benefits of Global Simulation (GS) from scholars around the world, explore how GS contributes to the development of second language acquisition, and assess how the benefits of GS contribute to the development of intercultural competence through study abroad (SA) programs. GS is a pedagogical technique that promotes intercultural competence and second language acquisition while having the advantage of enhancing a learner's study abroad experience. In this research, I explore the structure of GS as it was designed by Debyser (1996) and Yaiche (1996) and present examples of GSs that other scholars in the field of foreign language teaching (FLT). I explore first-hand accounts on the pedagogy and implementation of GS as shared by instructors from the Universite de Caen, France, as well as class observations that I conducted in order to gain a better understanding of GS. Finally, I discuss why GS should be implemented in SA programs and further research that could be conducted on the subject.
    • Billy Bob Jack

      Sayyah, Joseph F.
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