2015 Team Project Ford Motor Company

The Challenge:
Study the material handling operation inside a final assembly shop of Ford Motor Company to identify block and starve conditions. The use of simulation would capture the stochastic nature of the manufacturing system supporting an accurate calculation and allocation of labor resources.
Student Team:
Jingyang Du – Masters of Supply Chain Management
Miguel Saez – EGP (MEng in Global Automotive and Manufacturing)
Project Sponsors:
Bob Garnham – Supervisor, Vehicle Operations – Industrial Engineering
Doug Rickert – Manager, Vehicle Operations – Industrial Engineering
Faculty Advisors:
Henry Lam – College of Engineering
James Price – 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 2 to 3 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 Ford Team, U-M Tauber Institute for Global Operations
2015 Tauber Team Ford
2015 Tauber Team Ford
2015 Tauber Team Ford