Event Title

Assembly Line Reorganization and Drop-Over Enclosures

Location

CSU 202

Start Date

20-4-2015 1:05 PM

End Date

20-4-2015 2:05 PM

Student's Major

Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Student's College

Science, Engineering and Technology

Mentor's Name

Gary Mead

Mentor's Email Address

gary.mead@mnsu.edu

Mentor's Department

Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Mentor's College

Science, Engineering and Technology

Description

A research project is being conducted at MTU Onsite Energy to examine the generator set enclosure assembly. The goals of this research are to increase the through-put of MTU’s facility as well as improving the ergonomics and ease of assembly. The increase in through-put will come from decreasing the takt or cycle time of the assembly line. This will be done by researching which operations can be removed from the main assembly line and done in sub-assemblies. The largest part of this research will be making the enclosure construction itself into a sub-assembly. The research started by exploring whether it’s more cost efficient to have the enclosures assembled in-house or having them out sourced to a supplier. Quoting was done for both avenues in order for a good cost comparison. A mock subassembly was created to examine the aspects of staffing and tooling needs as well as the logistics with material handling. While these two avenues are being researched, additional research is being done to optimize the assembly line surrounding the enclosure build and installation process. This research included collecting assembly times and information such as order of operations. What was found is that the majority of operations that followed the enclosure installation before could now proceed it. This makes all of these operations easier to do now without having an enclosure acting as an obstacle. In addition any enclosure accessories can now be done in the enclosure sub-assembly, removing more work off of the main assembly line.

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Assembly Line Reorganization and Drop-Over Enclosures

CSU 202

A research project is being conducted at MTU Onsite Energy to examine the generator set enclosure assembly. The goals of this research are to increase the through-put of MTU’s facility as well as improving the ergonomics and ease of assembly. The increase in through-put will come from decreasing the takt or cycle time of the assembly line. This will be done by researching which operations can be removed from the main assembly line and done in sub-assemblies. The largest part of this research will be making the enclosure construction itself into a sub-assembly. The research started by exploring whether it’s more cost efficient to have the enclosures assembled in-house or having them out sourced to a supplier. Quoting was done for both avenues in order for a good cost comparison. A mock subassembly was created to examine the aspects of staffing and tooling needs as well as the logistics with material handling. While these two avenues are being researched, additional research is being done to optimize the assembly line surrounding the enclosure build and installation process. This research included collecting assembly times and information such as order of operations. What was found is that the majority of operations that followed the enclosure installation before could now proceed it. This makes all of these operations easier to do now without having an enclosure acting as an obstacle. In addition any enclosure accessories can now be done in the enclosure sub-assembly, removing more work off of the main assembly line.

Recommended Citation

Cole, Jason. "Assembly Line Reorganization and Drop-Over Enclosures." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 20, 2015.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2015/oral_session_08/1