2015 Team Project Boeing (BDS)

The Challenge:
To optimize the BDS facility through automation, the Tauber team conducted in-depth business-case analysis. First, the team benchmarked paint facilities that conducted manual and automated painting. Next, the team analyzed composite part throughput and process requirements, researched robotic system equipment costs, and calculated potential savings from reducing safety incidents, standard hour completion rates, and material use. Analysis results led the team to recommend procuring $7.4M in robotic sanding and painting equipment. Additionally, the team provided layout design solutions to increase flexibility and reduce assets within the paint facility, and identified further partnership and research opportunities to mitigate risk throughout Boeing’s automation implementation.
Student Team:
Christian Abney – MBA & MSE Industrial & Operations Engineering
Daniel Adsit – BSE/MSE Industrial & Operations Engineering
David Mazur – Master of Business Administration
Project Sponsors:
Kevin Greenaway – Industrial Engineering
Andrew Mallow – Director, Technology Strategy Integration: BDS Operations
Joshua McGinnis – Industrial Engineering
Robert Mir – Manufacturing Manager
Faculty Advisors:
Brian Talbot – Ross School of Business
Peter Washabaugh – College of Engineering

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 Boeing BDS Team, U-M Tauber Institute for Global Operations