MFG 250 - Principles of Continuous Improvement
Course includes various methods and techniques to provide for continuous improvement in manufacturing. The initial course emphasis will be establishing a baseline for improvement. Mapping existing processes, measuring quality, and determining the costs of manufacturing activities is included. The course will then provide insight to the various contemporary practices to guide continuous improvement in the manufacturing industry. Customer feedback, statistical quality control and industry trends including just-in-time production, lean manufacturing, TOYOTA practices, ERP, and MRP will be evaluated. The course will also review actual case studies of successful and unsuccessful continuous improvement initiatives.
Prerequisite: ENG 110 College Writing I
3 Class Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Perform professionally - exhibiting integrity, accepting responsibility, taking initiative, and provide leadership necessary to ensure project success.
2. Prepare a process flow diagram and process description of a manufacturing, procurement, or product development cycle.
3. Divide a manufacturing process into a series of activities/steps, and determine the activity based cost for each activity or process step.
4. Complete a statistical analysis of manufacturing production to determine quality problem areas and/or areas that have the potential for significant improvement.
5. Request and evaluate customer feedback on product quality and design for use in the continuous improvement process.
6. Research and evaluate case studies of successful and unsuccessful implementation of continuous improvement projects.
7. Apply common industry continuous improvement techniques for a specific manufacturing product line.
8. Apply advanced manufacturing techniques including robotics to further enhance manufacturing competitiveness and quality.
9. Continually evaluate manufacturing quality and cost to gain further improvements in the manufacturing cycle.
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