Standardizing Decorative Paint Operations at the Everett Delivery Center
The Tauber Team was assigned to identify best practices to paint customer-specific decorative liveries for wide-bodied aircraft for the Boeing Company. The team combined institutional knowledge and data analysis to create a uniform set of procedures designed to reduce total process and rework time, as well as variability in the painting process, and tested this methodology on incoming planes to assess its effectiveness and sustainability.
Read the Boeing Delivery Center Team Project Executive Summary.
Nathan Block – EGL (BSE Electrical Engineering/MSE Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Michael May – EGL (BSE Aerospace Engineering/MSE Industrial and Operations Engineering)
Alexander Mize – BSE & MSE Industrial and Operations Engineering
Stephanie Wang – Operations Manager
Craig Wood – Superintendent, Decorative Paint Operations
Richard Hughes – College of Engineering
Brian Talbot – Ross School of Business
About Tauber Team Projects:
The 2019 Tauber Team Projects resulted in $390.3 million in savings according to sponsoring company calculations, an average of $30 million per project over three years.
Each two to three person Tauber Team consists of graduate engineering and graduate business 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.