Feb 01, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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IE 4336 - Quick Response Manufacturing

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
Producing products profitably in an increasingly competitive world market requires speed and agility. Companies and organizations that can get their products and services to customers quickly tend to do so more efficiently and reliably and with better quality than do slower companies. This course will develop students’ abilities to sustainably and efficiently reduce the amount of time processes take to complete. Special focus will be placed on process mapping, production modeling, product development, cellular manufacturing, and mass customization. (prereq: IE 336 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Analyze important issues and decisions related to quick response manufacturing
  • Understand manufacturing system dynamics (particularly how lot size and utilization influence lead time)
  • Measure Manufacturing Critical-path Time, the QRM metric, in a variety of manufacturing, service, and logistical applications
  • Discuss quick response manufacturing in the context of production and office operations
  • Demonstrate knowledge of quick response manufacturing by redesigning a system or process to reduce the process lead time
  • Demonstrate knowledge of MPX rapid modeling software by utilizing it for process/system analysis and QRM focused improvements

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Benefits of QRM
  • Performance and time measurement
  • System dynamics and response time spiral
  • Reorganizing functional production departments into manufacturing cells
  • Designing, implementing, and operating manufacturing cells
  • Making capacity and lot sizing determinations/decisions
  • Building models and analyzing results using MPX software
  • Production planning in a QRM environment
  • POLCA and ConWIP production control systems
  • Customer and supplier relations with QRM
  • Office and service cells
  • New product introduction and product lifecycle with QRM principles

Dr. Aaron Armstrong

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