Addressing equipment set-up time and manufacturing cost through real time inline inspection in tantalum wire manufacturing
Author(s)González, Carlos A. (Carlos Alberto), 1972-
Leaders for Manufacturing Program.
Roy E. Welsch and Thomas W. Eagar.
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For this study, a novel wire inspection system was developed to detect surface defects and monitor diameter real-time during the final wire drawing operation. Throughout his work, it was proven that the new inspection system was able to catch common wire defects under manufacturing conditions (wire speed). Furthermore, defect density limits were defined based on data collected during this study. A production version of the wire inspection system was jointly developed with the equipment supplier and an order was placed for three complete systems to be installed in all final draw machines. Increased competition and poor economic conditions forced the manufacturer to place an unprecedented focus on decreasing manufacturing costs. The wire inspection system reported in this thesis was developed with the objective of increasing productivity at the most critical operation in the factory; final wire drawing.
Thesis (M.B.A.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management; and, (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; in conjunction with the Leaders for Manufacturing Program at MIT, 2004.Includes bibliographical references (p. 49).
DepartmentSloan School of Management.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.; Leaders for Manufacturing Program.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sloan School of Management., Mechanical Engineering., Leaders for Manufacturing Program.