2017 Stanley Black & Decker Team Project


The Challenge:
Stanley Engineered Fastening management tasked the Tauber team with increasing distribution center efficiency using Industry 4.0 technology, automation and real-time data.

The Solution:
The Tauber team designed a solution that would automate the scanning verification process, resulting in a 45% reduction in cycle time and developed three dashboards to help supervisors track the status of orders throughout the distribution center. The team undertook three additional Smart Factory projects: improving the picking process through wearable scanners and voice technology, evaluating solutions for an automated line for weighpacked product and implementing new RF scanners. The team also conducted an inventory analysis and recommended Kanban and a reorganization design that will help manage inventory levels, reduce out-of-stocks, and improve communication with the manufacturing plant.

Read the 2017 Stanley Black & Decker Team Project Executive Summary in the 2017 SPOTLIGHT! book.

Student Team:
Noe Anzaldua–Master of Supply Chain Management
Mindy Yahr Jaffe–Master of Business Administration
Nam Viraporn–MSE Industrial and Operations Engineering

Project Sponsors:
Mark Cornish–VP of Operations, North American Automotive
Jeff Brower– Director of Logistics, North American Automotive
James Hitchcock–Distribution Center Manager
Nate Dietrich–Manufacturing Engineer, Smart Factory Lead

Faculty Advisors:
Dennis Blumenfeld–College of Engineering
Peter Lenk–Ross School of Business

About Tauber Team Projects:

The 2017 Tauber Team Projects resulted in $575 million in savings according to sponsoring company calculations, an average of $18.5 million per project over 3 years.

Each two to three person Tauber Team consists of graduate engineering, MBA, and/or MSCM students. Along with receiving high-level corporate support from the sponsoring company, each team is advised by a College of Engineering and a Ross School of Business faculty member and overseen by a Tauber Institute Co-Director. The projects begin on-site in May and continue for 14 weeks.  Students present the results of their projects and compete for over $40,000 in scholarships at the U-M Tauber Institute's annual Spotlight! event, held each September in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Spotlight! provides outstanding opportunities for students and corporate partners to establish relationships while exploring innovations in operations and manufacturing.
2017 Stanley Black & Decker Team
2017 Stanley Black & Decker Team