2017 AM General Team Project

EVALUATING COST FROM PROTOTYPE TO PRODUCTION

The Challenge:
The Tauber team coordinated with an AM General integrated product team (IPT) to identify the costs associated with moving from prototype to production.

The Solution:
The team created a consolidated database of suppliers across AM General’s military and commercial supply base to streamline purchasing and maximize economies of scale. The team calculated the vehicle’s total cost of ownership, mostly focusing on fuel expenditures, and also assisted the IPT with determining required engineering investment. Finally, the Tauber team coordinated with the IPT to develop multiple program timelines reflecting varying levels of investment risk and identifying the effects of each scenario on the overall program.

Read the 2017 AM General Team Project Executive Summary in the 2017 SPOTLIGHT! book.

Student Team:
Amy Allport–Master of Supply Chain Management
Max Powers–PhD Material Science and Engineering

Project Sponsors:
Cass Byrd–Director, Commercial Supply Chain
Dave Caldwell–Chief Engineer
Alan Walker–Program Manager, USPS

Faculty Advisors:
Wallace Hopp–Ross School of Business
Judy Jin–College of Engineering


About Tauber Team Projects:

The 2017 Tauber Team Projects resulted in $575 million in savings according to sponsoring company calculations, an average of $18.5 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! book for project details.
2017 AM General Team