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GOAL STATEMENT

The goal of the Sigma Cell Project is to (1) install a donated Bosch manufacturing line, (2) integrate two workcells into the Bosch manufacturing line, and (3) effectively demonstrate Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) with the workcells.

OVERVIEW

In the spring of 2004, Hewlett Packard Boise agreed to donate a Bosch conveyor and various assembly-line components to the University of Idaho.  The equipment had been used as part of an automated process that produced ink-jet cartridges.  Due to changes in business infrastructure at HP, the entire assembly line was shut down, and many components were scrapped or used elsewhere.  The remaining components were sent to the University of Idaho for use in research and education.

          Dr. Larry Stauffer, professor of mechanical engineering, decided to utilize the equipment in the new Lean/Six-Sigma laboratory.  He recruited UI Boise graduate student Charles Ford to design a laboratory experiment that demonstrates the SMED (Single Minute Exchange of Die) technique.  Before an experiment could be designed, the assembly line would need to be reassembled, modified, and made operational.  To complete this task, the Sigma Cell project was created as a University of Idaho senior design project.

 

 

 

2005 Sigma Cell - University of Idaho

Last updated 11/27/2005