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Industrial Engineering (1st)

These projects are at the midpoint of a two-semester sequence.  They are not complete.

Shipping/Receiving Consolidation Validation

Sponsor: Signify Corporation

Student Team: Colby Diaz, Daniel Espindola, Keiah Sanders, Tony Rodziewicz

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Pat Thomas

Signify is the new company name of Philips Lighting, having spun off from Philips to become a separate company in 2016. Signify is the world leader in connected LED products, systems, and services. Founded as Philips in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, they have led the lighting industry with innovations that serve professional and consumer markets for more than 127 years. With operations in more than 70 countries and 32,000 people worldwide, Signify generated sales of approximately $8 billion in 2017.

Signify’s facility located in San Marcos, Texas focuses on the assembly of outdoor lighting products. This project will utilize simulation techniques to determine if the organization’s two receiving areas can be consolidated into one area. If so, the team will utilize Systematic Layout Planning to develop a layout of the resulting consolidated receiving area as well as operating procedures to demonstrate that the new area can be supported with less labor.


Warehouse Control for Perishable Goods

Sponsor: Central Texas Food Bank

Student Team: Andrew Alvarez, Loraine Ribon Gutierrez, Sarah Slayton

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Pat Thomas

In 2016, Central Texas Food Bank moved to a new facility located in Austin, Texas where they provide underprivileged families with food. The Central Texas Food Bank has been at the front line of hunger relief with the help of Partner Agencies in 21 counties across Central Texas. Together, they provided more than 39.2 million pounds of food to families in need during the 2017-2018 fiscal year to an average of 200,000 individuals each month.

To maximize the amount of food provided to CTFB’s agencies and end-user families, CTFB wishes to improve inventory procedures related to its perishable goods. This project will review and document existing procedures related to perishable goods, establish a metric to measure the amount of perishables that are sent to compose, and recommend an improved process.


Food Distribution Performance Evaluation

Sponsor: San Antonio Food Bank

Student Team: Maximiliano Gutierrez-Garcia, Victoria Lawrence, Zachary Simmons

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Pat Thomas

Founded in 1980, the San Antonio Food Bank has quickly grown to serve 58,000 individuals a week in one of the largest service areas in Texas. While fighting hunger is their number one priority, they also serve to educate and provide assistance in many other ways. They achieve this by offering a variety of programs and resources available to families, individuals, seniors, children, and military members in need.

While SAFB routinely measures their performance by surveying their agencies and end-users, existing metrics primarily address quantity of inventory moved rather than the quality of the organization’s goods and services. This project was initiated to identify quality-related metrics to measure the organization’s performance, survey their agencies and end-users with respect to quality aspects of their performance, and provide recommendations for improvement to SAFB based on agency and end-user feedback.


Design of a Material Storage System

Sponsor: Minigrip

Student Team: Nicole Dowdy, Bertha Saucedo, Ivianne Tompkins

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Pat Thomas

A world leader in reclosable packaging technology, Minigrip has provided innovative packaging solutions since the 1950s. Minigrip introduced the first integral zipper in the industrial packaging market in the U.S. in 1959, marketing their new product with a red line on the lip of each bag. Since then, their trademarked Red Line™ has become synonymous with the highest quality zipper bag in the world.

At their production facility in Seguin, Texas, Minigrip wishes to initiate a storage system and accompanying protocols for the storage of empty spools. This project will identify damaged spools that need to be purged from the system, determine the average number of each type of spools that need to be stored at any given time, and recommended a design for a material storage system to store their spools.