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Complexity Reduction Through Strategic Supplier Consolidation

Liquid Controls, a unit of IDEX Corporation, manufactures positive displacement, mass, and turbine flow meters, electronic registration and accessories for the Energy & Fuels sector. The Tauber team was tasked with creating a roadmap for the reduction of the Liquid Control’s supply base by 50 suppliers and the machine shop suppliers by 50%. Additionally, the team is responsible for developing a framework for supplier evaluation and future supply chain consolidation efforts.

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Student Team
Dalton Geraldo — EGL (BSE Mechanical Engineering/MSE Industrial and Operations Engineering)
Bryant Hawkes — MENG Space Engineering & Master of Business Administration
Daemon Li — Mater of Engineering in Manufacturing


Project Sponsors
Bill Bucher — Liquid Controls Purchasing Team Manager
Ruben Garcia — Liquid Controls Director of Operations
Brian Hemmerly — Director of Supply Chain for IDEX Fluid and Metering Business Segment
Sean McGowan — Director of Indirect & Mexico Sourcing, Corporate Office


Faculty Advisors
Robert Inman — College of Engineering
Edward “Ned” Smith — Ross School of Business

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