2015 Team Project AIP Flow Surface Preparation

The Challenge:
Flow Surface Preparation is a leading manufacturer of ultra-high pressure (UHP) waterjets from 5K – 55K psi.  The goal of the company is to double the annual revenue of $32MM through organic growth and acquisitions. 

The Tauber team will analyze technical research and voice of the customer data to redesign Flow’s robotic UHP crawler units, develop new marketing strategies, and improve Flow’s overall value stream.

Student Team:
Shrikant Chothave – Master of Supply Chain Management
Ray Gonzalez – Master of Business Administration
Zach Mandell – EGL (BSE/MSE Industrial & Operations Engineering)
Project Sponsors:
Sparsh Bhargava – Partner, American Industrial Partners & Managing Director, Flow Surface Preparation
Daniel Davis –Partner, American Industrial Partners
Dr. Mohamed Hashish – Senior Technology Fellow, Flow International
Rick Schmid – Global Market Manager, Flow International
Faculty Advisors:
Albert Shih – College of Engineering
Brian Wu – Ross School of Business

About Tauber Team Projects:

The 2015 Tauber Team Projects resulted in $500 million in savings according to sponsoring company calculations, an average of $14.3 million per project over 3 years.

Each two to three person Tauber Team consists of graduate engineering, MBA, and/or MSCM students. Along with receiving high-level corporate support from the sponsoring company, each team is advised by a College of Engineering and a Ross School of Business faculty member and overseen by a Tauber Institute Co-Director. The projects begin on-site in May and continue for 14 weeks.  Students present the results of their projects and compete for over $40,000 in scholarships at the U-M Tauber Institute's annual Spotlight! event, held each September in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Spotlight! provides outstanding opportunities for students and corporate partners to establish relationships while exploring innovations in operations and manufacturing.
Access Spotlight! 2015 Guidebook for project details.
2015 AIP Flow Surface Preparation Team, U-M Tauber Institute for Global Operations
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