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Lean Vandal Swag

Teams use lean manufacturing techniques to develop inexpensive promo materials

The last two summer offerings of our popular lean manufacturing course (ME 410) have featured a fun-filled project that features a limited production run of Vandal swag. Teams of 4-5 students identify a small, inexpensive promotional product that can be constructed in our machine shop at a rate of 50 units/hr. Product expectation is an attractive giveaway for tour groups or prospective students. Requirements include:

  • Manufacturing Process Design that uses a laser cutter, hot glue, and low cost fasteners
  • Current State Mapping that considers order-of-operations, cycle times, scrap rates, material costs, number of workers, and inventory between stations
  • Future State Mapping that uses lean methodologies and tools to improve quality and reduce cost for different demand rates and number of workers

Students presented their final projects along with other course artifacts as part of a ME 410 Snapshot Day.

Our 2019 class involved more than 40 students and mentors who were highly energized by the final project. Students found the project solidified understanding of key lean-manufacturing concepts, elevated their competency as well as their confidence with local rapid prototyping equipment, and strengthened their peer-network. ME 410 is frequently cited as a highlight in senior exit interviews.

Students present their finished swag during a snapshot day.
Students present their finished swag during a snapshot day.
Items included laser-cut calipers and catapults.
Items included laser-cut calipers and catapults.

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