In partnership with Meritor's Manning, South Carolina facility, this capstone project focuses on the changeover process of a drum brake assembly for industrial trucks. The changeover process is the downtime an operator spends preparing the workstation for the next set of brake orders. This team's objective is to use process improvement techniques to reduce downtime in between brake orders. Once the customer needs were determined, the team developed concepts to increase the efficiency of the changeover process time. The concepts consisted of real world applications and the utilization of a discrete event simulation software called Arena. In addition to the Arena model, the team has begun testing individual concepts. With the results from these tested concepts, the team will be able to effectively develop solutions to reduce downtime of operators during the changeover process.
Drenosky, N.; Dupree, H.; Guinn, C.; Petroski, F.; Sidhorn, M.; and Dorlette Paul, M., "Meritor brake assembly bench part setup process improvement" (2014). Focus on Creative Inquiry. 83.