Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Analytic skills, technical report writing skills, vendor management, survey design
Manufacturing activities within the United States are experiencing a revival. Small and medium enterprises (SME) centered on manufacturing such as small motors, tooling, and fabric manufacturing are a significant fraction of the overall manufacturing industry in the US. The survival and growth of these SMEs depend on implementation of not only state-of-the art manufacturing methodologies but also adoption innovative technologies. The state of Texas has historically enjoyed being a SME manufacturing hub. However, there are several factors which may hamper the adoption of innovative technologies and methodologies to keep up with the challenges of the global market. The goal of this research is to investigate current state of manufacturing capabilities in the three sectors in the and propose methodologies for adoption of state-of-the-art novel technologies for improved and sustained growth. Through this project, undergraduate researchers will utilize TMAC national databases to identify and survey these industries to understand their capabilities in the in the three sectors.
A wide range of research techniques will be used to conduct the study, including focused surveys, running pilot studies, observation and recording of actual industrial processes involving local small motors, tooling, and fabric manufacturers. Summer undergraduate students will be exposed to diverse and forward-looking techniques in IMSE related fields while improving technical and people skills.