June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Manufacturers have adopted lean manufacturing principles in order to reduce operating costs, decrease production time, and improve customer satisfaction. As lean manufacturing methodology becomes more commonplace in industry, introducing undergraduate students to these practices becomes increasingly important. This case study aimed to evaluate a module of a senior design curriculum and give undergraduate Mechanical Engineering students an introduction to lean manufacturing goals, tools, and best practices. This was accomplished through an in-class lecture, group discussions, along with pre and post surveys. Survey results demonstrated that students were able to develop an effective understanding of lean manufacturing, could successfully identify wastes according to lean principles, and propose ways to implement lean tools and techniques on university-scale design projects. This allowed us to validate that students could apply lean manufacturing principles to a variety of prototype projects, giving them hands-on experience with lean practices. From the results of this study, a number of suggestions were recorded for implementing lean ideas thus improving the structure of a mechanical engineering capstone class. Incorporating these suggestions will enhance the efficiency of the course and provide students practical experience with lean manufacturing.
Bair, J. T., & Bradley, T. H. (2017, June), Introduction and Application of Lean Manufacturing Techniques in Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Practicum Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28581
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