PURSUING DATA FOR GLOBAL PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK
Tauber's student tem worked with Whirlpool's Advance Manufacturing team, which represents the hub of Whirlpool's strategic push toward achieving Industry 4.0 standards across their enterprise. For unknown reasons, the manufacturing team was experiencing rib cracks resulting from the forming process when using an oven cavity rib stamping press. The cracks seemed to appear randomly, but frequently enough to disrupt production and create excessive waste.
The Tauber team used predictive analytics powered by a neural network to uncover fundamental relationships among a dozen variables that potentially contribute to rib cracking. The results revealed underlying relationships between raw material properties, the stamping press operating parameters, and oven cavity design that could reduce the occurrence of rib cracking by 50% and improve Overall Equipment Effectiveness by nearly 18.5%.
Read the 2017 Whirlpool Team Project Executive Summary in the 2017 SPOTLIGHT! book.
Ryan Colameo – Master of Business Administration
Ignacio Estrada Garcia – MSE Mechanical Engineering & Master of Management
Audrey Hettig – Assembly System Lead Engineer
Paul Seay – Director Global Advanced Manufacturing
Mae Zyjewski – Senior Director Global Advanced Manufacturing
Ari Shwayder – Ross School of Business
Dawn White – College of Engineering
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.