Phase II

Phase II 150 150 Affordable Capstone Projects Written from Scratch

Natalie slowly walks down the hall after leaving Mr. Harnswell’s office, feeling rather downcast. He just won’t listen to anyone, she thinks. As she walks, Jim Murante, the shop foreman, comes up beside her. “So,” he says, “did you really think that he would listen to you? I’ve been here more than 25 years. The only way he listens is if he is shown something that worked after it has already been done. Let’s see what we can plan together.”

Natalie and Jim decide to begin by investigating the production of the cam rollers, which are precision-ground parts. The last part of the production process involves the grinding of the outer diameter. After grinding, the part mates with the cam groove of the particular sewing pattern. The half-inch rollers technically have an engineering specification for the outer diameter of the roller of 0.5075 inch (the specifications are actually metric, but in factory floor jargon, they are referred to as half-inch), plus a tolerable error of 0.0003 inch on the lower side. Thus, the outer diameter is allowed to be between 0.5072 and 0.5075 inch. Anything larger is reclassified into a different and less costly category, and anything smaller is unusable for anything other than scrap.

The grinding of the cam roller is done on a single machine with a single tool setup and no change in the grinding wheel after initial setup. The operation is done by Dave Martin, the head machinist, who has 30 years of experience in the trade and specific experience producing the cam roller part. Because production occurs in batches, Natalie and Jim sample five parts produced from each batch. Table below presents data collected over 30 batches (stored in Harnswell).

  1. Is the process in control? Why?

b. What recommendations do you have for improving the process?


 

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