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Research and Corporate Partner Projects

Shi-Jie "Gary" Chen, Ph.D.

Powertrain Assembly Lean Manufacturing Project

Using lean process improvement techniques to identify waste, reduce work in progress and total cycle time and balance the assembly process.

Researcher: Shi-Jie "Gary" Chen, Ph.D.

Funded by: Caterpillar Inc.

Optimizing the Paint Shop Flow

Analyze paint shop flow area and recommend improvements to increase throughput while lowering costs.

Researcher: Shi-Jie "Gary" Chen, Ph.D.

Funded by: Mi-Jack Products Inc.

Lean Process Improvement

Provide a graduate student with hands-on experience studying and improving upon the client's method of lean healthcare.

Researcher: Shi-Jie "Gary" Chen, Ph.D.

Funded by: CGH Medical Center

Purushothaman Damodaran, Ph.D.

Lean Six Sigma Certificate Training

Researcher: Purushothaman Damodaran, Ph.D.

Funded by: Six Sigma

Building a Manufacturing Information System

Creating standard work procedures for machines and processes at the new client facility, ensuring it can safely and effectively begin to operate at full capacity by 2020.

Researcher: Purushothaman Damodaran, Ph.D.

Funded by: Woodward Inc.

Lean Out Insert Assembly

Improving process efficiency for client's insert assembly process for replacement products used in scanners for the healthcare industry.

Researcher: Purushothaman Damodaran, Ph.D.

Funded by: Dunlee, a division of Phillips Health

Analyzing Paint Lines

Analyze client's paint lines and make recommendations for improvement.

Researchers: Purushothaman Damodaran, Ph.D. (Industrial and Systems Engineering)
Shanthi Muthuswami, Ph.D. (Engineering Technology)

Funded by: Caterpillar Inc.

Process Improvements for Wheel Loader Assembly Lines

Conduct time studies, balance the line and reduce process inefficiencies for client's K-series wheel loader assembly lines.

Researchers: Purushothaman Damodaran, Ph.D. (Industrial and Systems Engineering)
Shanthi Muthuswamy, Ph.D. (Engineering Technology)

Funded by: Caterpillar Inc.

Implementing a Pull System for Post Paint Operations

Implementing a pull system for client's post-paint operations.

Researcher: Purushothaman Damodaran, Ph.D.

Funded by: Justrite Manufacturing Co.

CNC Efficiency Project

Researcher: Purushothaman Damodaran, Ph.D.

Funded by: CST Storage

Quality Management System

Establish a quality management system structured around ISO 13485 requirements for quality management systems related to the design and manufacture of medical devices.

Researcher: Purushothaman Damodaran, Ph.D.

Funded by: Tek-Pak Inc.

Lean Implementation for Cabinet Assembly

Observe client's cabinet assembly area and implement lean principles to eliminate waste and improve throughput.

Researcher: Purushothaman Damodaran, Ph.D.

Funded by: Quality Fabricators Inc.

Gage R&R Study

Enhance inspector reliability for quality inspectors responsible for welding, QCI and PDI departments at client's facility.

Researcher: Purushothaman Damodaran, Ph.D.

Funded by: Caterpillar Inc.

Development of a Quality System

Develop a quality management system to help client obtain ISO 13485 certification.

Researcher: Purushothaman Damodaran, Ph.D.

Funded by: Medikmark Inc.

Improving Material Handling

Optimize material handling at client's facility.

Researcher: Purushothaman Damodaran, Ph.D.

Funded by: Image Industries Inc.

Improving Material Flow

Help client streamline material storage and movement while designing a layout for new production line.

Researcher: Purushothaman Damodaran, Ph.D.

Funded by: WestRock

Implementing 5S and Lean Manufacturing

Implement a company-wide organization program based on lean manufacturing principles. Organize workstations, departments and assembly lines to reduce wasted time and effort.

Researcher: Purushothaman Damodaran, Ph.D.

Funded by: Elgin Industries

Optimizing Freight Process

Recommend improvements to optimize the freight process at a company that handles large installations of pipes and hardware involved in water treatment.

Researcher: Purushothaman Damodaran, Ph.D.

Funded by: Chalmers Street Consulting 

Omar Ghrayeb, Ph.D.

Improving Efficiencies of a Health Care System

Researchers: Omar Ghrayeb, Ph.D.
Christine Nguyen, Ph.D.

Funded by: Visiting Nurse Association of Fox Valley

Develop a complete model for undergraduate programs in manufacturing engineering, electrical engineering technology and energy and environmental technology programs in Malaysia.

Researchers: Cliff Mirman, Ph.D.
Omar Ghrayeb, Ph.D.

Funded by: University of Malaysia, Pahang

Jaejin Hwang, Ph.D.

Evaluating muscle activity and joint net torque in hand, shoulder and lower back during patient transfer using different engineering controls to determine the most effective patient handling device.

Researcher: Jaejin Hwang, Ph.D.

Funded by: NIOSH, Patient Positioning Systems, NIU

Evaluate the biomechanical stress on the body while using a French door refrigerator to identify how users typically interact with different types of handles and the optimal height and type of handle.

Researcher: Jaejin Hwang, Ph.D.

Funded by: Samsung

Reinaldo Moraga, Ph.D.

Flow Analysis for Medium Wheel Loader Material

Model different areas of client's facility to identify factors affecting total cycle time and work-in-process inventory.

Researcher: Reinaldo Moraga, Ph.D.

Funded by: Caterpillar Inc.

Powertrain Improvement Through Simulation Modeling

Model different areas related to client's powertrain machining process to identify factors affecting total cycle time, lead times and work-in-process inventory.

Researcher: Reinaldo Moraga, Ph.D.

Funded by: Caterpillar Inc.

Christine Nguyen, Ph.D.

Improving Patient Flow

Research and develop policies for patient transport at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, including scheduling of elevators and volunteers to assist with transportation.

Researcher: Christine Nguyen, Ph.D.

Funded by: Northwestern University

 

Research Labs

Baxter Reliability Lab
Lab Director: Purushothaman Damodaran, Ph.D.

Wellness and Ergonomics Lab (WE-Lab)
Lab Director: Jaejin Hwang, Ph.D.

Contact Us

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Engineering Building, Room 230
590 Garden Road 
Northern Illinois University

DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1282

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