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Production Downtime Reduction through Improved Inventory Accuracy

Fresenius Medical Care North America's Concord, CA site primarily manufactures hemodialysis machines, peritoneal dialysis cyclers, crit-line monitors, and dry concentrate mixing systems. The Concord site experienced a significant increase in production line downtime in 2017, averaging 439 hours monthly for all assembly lines. The Tauber team partnered with FMCNA to determine root causes and reduce this costly downtime.

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Student Team:

Vijay M. Krishnan—Master of Supply Chain Management

Cheryl Zhang—EGL (BSE Electrical Engineering & MSE Industrial and Operations Engineering)

Yan Zhou—Master of Supply Chain Management


Project Sponsors:

Jim Loendorf—Senior Director, Procurement and Logistics

Jim McCracken—Senior Manager, Warehouse and Logistics

Chris Robinson—Vice President, North America Operations

Liz Wolking—Senior Manager, Procurement and Planning


Faculty Advisors:

Brian Love—College of Engineering

Lisa Pawlik—Ross School of Business

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