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Board 106: Enhancing Critical Life-Cycle Decision Making In Complex Engineering Projects In The Context Of Engineering Economy Courses, K. Jo Min, John K. Jackman, Farshad Niayeshpour 2018 Iowa State University

Board 106: Enhancing Critical Life-Cycle Decision Making In Complex Engineering Projects In The Context Of Engineering Economy Courses, K. Jo Min, John K. Jackman, Farshad Niayeshpour

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

Complex engineering projects (CEPs) such as electric transmission networks and transportation infrastructure are becoming increasingly important to the public in general and even more so to engineers. These projects are large-scale in terms of money and time and contain significant uncertainties over their life-cycle, with fluctuations in input and output costs. Due to these uncertainties, there are conditional opportunities (e.g., on prices) to make critical decisions such as investment in construction of power generation facilities or decommissioning of such facilities. Such decisions constitute strategic flexibilities or "real options" because the decision maker can alter the course of an investment ...


Quantitative Methods For Select Problems In Facility Location And Facility Logistics, Bin Li 2018 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Quantitative Methods For Select Problems In Facility Location And Facility Logistics, Bin Li

Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation presented three logistics problems. The first problem is a parallel machine scheduling problems that considers multiple unique characteristics including release dates, due dates, limited machine availability and job splitting. The objective of is to minimize the total amount of time required to complete work. A mixed integer programming model is presented and a heuristic is developed for solving the problem. The second problem extends the first parallel scheduling problem to include two additional practical considerations. The first is a setup time that occurs when warehouse staff change from one type of task to another. The second is a ...


Predicting The Impact Of Resource Delays On A Construction Project’S Critical Path Using Monte Carlo Simulation, Colby Weishaar 2018 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Predicting The Impact Of Resource Delays On A Construction Project’S Critical Path Using Monte Carlo Simulation, Colby Weishaar

Theses and Dissertations

The construction industry is a complex and evolving industry, making the project manager’s job of planning, organizing, and making decisions a difficult one. One of the most difficult decisions throughout a project is determining what resources are needed to complete a task by the deadline. Uncertainties cause risks within the schedule often creating delays for which the project manager must develop a mitigation plan once risks are identified. After conducting a review of the literature, no research was found examining the use of an analytical model to estimate the delays caused within the resource allocation process. If an analytical ...


Water Usage Reduction At Food Processing Facility, Matthew Bradley, Derek LaPolice, Christian Peterson, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel 2018 Iowa State University

Water Usage Reduction At Food Processing Facility, Matthew Bradley, Derek Lapolice, Christian Peterson, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

Burke Corporation is one of the largest companies in Nevada, Iowa and they make processed foods specifically pizza topping. Burke also uses 25% of the city’s fresh water supply. The company spends 875,000 dollars each year and uses 65,385,000 gallons of water. Burke wants to reduce these costs and in turn be more environmentally friendly. One of the bigger issues noticed is that to heat up one of their pipes they are running hot water over it. This wastes water and also creates a slip and fall hazard.


Agriculture Engine Oil Filter Test Stand, Austin Claussen, Brandon Lavery, Cole Olson, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel 2018 Iowa State University

Agriculture Engine Oil Filter Test Stand, Austin Claussen, Brandon Lavery, Cole Olson, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

Our group worked on a project from Fleenor Manufacturing. This is a small company based out of Pella, Iowa owned by Jeff Fleenor. Jeff’s company focuses on creating solutions to unique problems across a wide spectrum of markets (Bruning et al., 2017; Yeggy et al., 2017). On this project, our client wanted to improve an existing test stand used for running oil filter tests, which can take up to four hours per test, and only test one filter size. We would like to minimize the time it takes to run a test while also enabling it to use different ...


Adm Demonstration Model Sifter, Brian Davis, Ross Henning, Kyle Henik, Levi Benning, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel 2018 Iowa State University

Adm Demonstration Model Sifter, Brian Davis, Ross Henning, Kyle Henik, Levi Benning, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

Archer Daniels Midland Company was established in 1902 by George A. Archer and John W. Daniels under the name Archer-Daniels Linseed Company. To summarize Archer Daniels Midland Company, here is a snapshot from their mission statement, “Today, we’re one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with approximately 32,000 employees serving customers in more than 170+ countries. ADM has a globally recognized value chain that strives to connect the harvest to the home” (Archer Daniels Midland, 2018).

The problem we worked to solve is improving operator knowledge of sifter and sieve operation and function ...


Grain Cart Pathways And Compaction, Cody Gradert, Garett Hagenow, Jacob Steinbeck, Kyle Kent, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel 2018 Iowa State University

Grain Cart Pathways And Compaction, Cody Gradert, Garett Hagenow, Jacob Steinbeck, Kyle Kent, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

A typical field is compacted by wheel tracks on 80-90% of its area (NRCS National Soil Survey Center, 2011). This results in reduced yields, reduced soil health, and reduced water infiltration. Creating a plan to limit compaction could provide numerous benefits to farmers everywhere. John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG) is located in Urbandale and is responsible for developing precision agriculture hardware and software for John Deere (Ciha et al., 2017). Farmers all over the world use these products. ISG would like to know more about the effect on yield and profit that compaction from grain carts is responsible for ...


Machining Fixture Redesign, Patrick Haight, Joshua Schaudt, Tyler Smith, Ryan Werner, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel 2018 Iowa State University

Machining Fixture Redesign, Patrick Haight, Joshua Schaudt, Tyler Smith, Ryan Werner, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

Current fixture for machining an OEM part is lacking robustness and ease of use. Our team has been chosen to develop an improved machining fixture for use in a horizontal machining center. Our client is Quality Manufacturing in Urbandale, Iowa. QMC serves OEM manufacturers with high tolerance parts that range in a variety of sizes. Fixture lacks repeatability and ease of use for operators.


Reducing Sound Levels Of Granulator At Orbis Corporation, Adam Joerger, Matthew Blair, Micah Palmer, Michael Johnson, Michael Taylor, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel 2018 Iowa State University

Reducing Sound Levels Of Granulator At Orbis Corporation, Adam Joerger, Matthew Blair, Micah Palmer, Michael Johnson, Michael Taylor, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

ORBIS Corporation, owned by Menasha Corporation, is a manufacturer of reusable plastic bulk containers, hand-held containers, pallets, dunnage and packaging. One of ORBIS’ main goals is to create a sustainable way to improve product flow throughout a supply chain. The ORBIS Corporation, a subsidiary of Menasha Corporation, has more than 35 world-wide locations to improve supply chains in many industries. Some of ORBIS’ customers are companies in the food, beverage, automotive, general manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries. In 2007, ORBIS acquired a major manufacturer of bulk containers, making it North America’s leader in reusable plastic packaging (ORBIS, 2017). ORBIS uses ...


Reducing Cycle Time In Frozen Gel-Bag Production, Guangyu Lu, Dylan Paris, Dustin Reichert, Christian Thompson, Matthew Winch, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel 2018 Iowa State University

Reducing Cycle Time In Frozen Gel-Bag Production, Guangyu Lu, Dylan Paris, Dustin Reichert, Christian Thompson, Matthew Winch, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

PurFoods estimates they will use two million gel-bags this year in their packaged meal delivery boxes. Currently, cycle time to freeze gel-bags is about 24 hours. PurFoods would like to reduce this time by at least 25%, opening up valuable inventory space and providing flexibility in meeting market demands.


Theoretical Layouts For Golf Clubhouse, Justin Matticx, Mitchell Rosburgh, Christopher Weldon, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel 2018 Iowa State University

Theoretical Layouts For Golf Clubhouse, Justin Matticx, Mitchell Rosburgh, Christopher Weldon, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

Homewood Golf Course is one of three golf courses in Ames. It is a 9-hole course that caters to all who are interested in the sport. Like many courses, Homewood also offers a clubhouse for patrons to sit down, socialize, and enjoy some refreshments. They also offer golf cart rentals and are open to reservations for golf events.

The problem is that Homewood’s clubhouse is inefficient. It is an old two-story house that was renovated for its current use. The current layout is largely inefficient as employees have difficulties serving the customers due to a cramped concessions area. The ...


1st Flow Feed System Failure Analysis, Chad Bonar, Carter Buswell, Jessica Hanrahan, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel 2018 Iowa State University

1st Flow Feed System Failure Analysis, Chad Bonar, Carter Buswell, Jessica Hanrahan, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

1st Flow is a sub company of Reicksview Farms. Reicksview Farms is a large farming operation in Northeast Iowa focusing on row crop and hog operations. The system initially was implemented solely in their own facilities. While there have been sales to several producers, Brenneman Pork has purchased the most units from 1st Flow. The system is prone to cracking and stripping however the causes of these issues are unknown. Current issues being seen are moisture being allowed in the system and causing feed to not flow correctly and the agitator not being able to turn. As a result, it ...


Isu Transportation Services Kiosk Implementation And Parking Lot Redesign, Michael Anibas, Dean Grewell, Justin Miranda, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel 2018 Iowa State University

Isu Transportation Services Kiosk Implementation And Parking Lot Redesign, Michael Anibas, Dean Grewell, Justin Miranda, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

Constructed in 1970, the Iowa State Transportation Service Building and adjoining lot have been home to the complete fleet of vehicles made available to various departments of the university. Transportation Services is an operation of only seven employees. This small but efficient staff, led by Director Kathy Wellik, responsible for tracking and maintaining a fleet of over six hundred vehicles, stay true to their mission of providing economical transportation options for the university faculty to perform their duties.

Currently, fleet rentals can only be made within operating hours, 6:15 A.M. to 5 P.M., when there is staff ...


Cardinal Glass Take Up Masking Rolls, Kyle Blane, Dnate Myers, David Rodriguez, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel 2018 Iowa State University

Cardinal Glass Take Up Masking Rolls, Kyle Blane, Dnate Myers, David Rodriguez, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

Our company is Cardinal Glass Corporation where they specialize in the development of residential glass windows and doors. The company is around 6,000 employees and has 37 manufacturing locations across the country. The company is privately owned but sells glass to companies like Pella Windows and others. There is currently only one location in Iowa, and the main focus of the work done there is the manufacturing of insulated glass windows.

In this location after the product is prepared and being ready to ship, it goes through a process of having plastic film applied to the glass. The function ...


Monitoring Activity And Climate Impact In Market Hogs With Activity Ball, Brad Aronson, Eli Sents, Kyle Wenck, Derek Yegge, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel, Steven Hoff, Brett Ramirez 2018 Iowa State University

Monitoring Activity And Climate Impact In Market Hogs With Activity Ball, Brad Aronson, Eli Sents, Kyle Wenck, Derek Yegge, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel, Steven Hoff, Brett Ramirez

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

Prairie Systems is a web-based data management provider, primarily servicing the swine industry. Their products include the Feed Allocation System, which helps producers manage feed inputs, Smart Order, which helps feed manufacturers and distributors manage feed order fulfillment, and LeeO, which tracks individual animals through RFID technologies. Prairie Systems’ line of products is implementing precision agriculture practices into the livestock industry.

To help producers better manage their operations, Prairie Systems is seeking to gain a better understanding of the daily activity of market hogs. To do this, we were tasked with designing and fabricating a container to collect activity data ...


Row Crop Headland Management Economic Opportunity: Applicator Pathway, Austin Ashbacher, Colton Ryan, Nicolas Spratt, Joshua Feldmann, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel 2018 Iowa State University

Row Crop Headland Management Economic Opportunity: Applicator Pathway, Austin Ashbacher, Colton Ryan, Nicolas Spratt, Joshua Feldmann, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

Our Client, Bob Recker with Cedar Valley Innovation, presented us with a problem that most, if not all farmers are faced with when it comes to the time of year when they need to apply fertilizer or spray their crops with insecticides and fungicides. Secondary applications such as fertilizers and sprayers are coming into the field and running down or knocking over the crop. This has a negative economic impact in the headlands, specifically these run over crops and those around it. The negative economic impact can be addressed to decrease the chances of the crop being run over and ...


Silicone Applicator Cleaning Improvement, Dan Church, Tyler Hoch, Tyler Hamann, Troy Harding, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel 2018 Iowa State University

Silicone Applicator Cleaning Improvement, Dan Church, Tyler Hoch, Tyler Hamann, Troy Harding, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

Cardinal Glass is a residential glass manufacturer for doors and windows. Cardinal glass was first founded in 1962 by a man named M.L. Gordon. Today, they employ 6,000 employees across 37 manufacturing plants throughout the United States. The Greenfield, Iowa, plant distributes to local large window manufacturers. Cardinal Glass is separated into five divisions. They are as followed:FG- Float & High Volume Tempered Glass; CT- Custom Tempered Glass; LG- Laminated Glass; CG- coated glass and optical mirrors; and IG- Insulating Glass. The Client is experiencing problems with silicone curing in applicator tips due to lack of a better process. The silicone cured ...


Economic Analysis And Utilization Of Sustainable Row Strips, Aaron DuMez, Aaron Gernetzke, Jason Krueger, Kaleb Schott, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel 2018 Iowa State University

Economic Analysis And Utilization Of Sustainable Row Strips, Aaron Dumez, Aaron Gernetzke, Jason Krueger, Kaleb Schott, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

Cedar Valley Innovation - owned by Mr. Bob Recker seeks to find a sustainable way to utilize increased sunlight of skipped rows to establish cover or companion crops. This system has been used previously as well in drought prone areas in Nebraska to maximize what little rainfall occurs. Wide acceptance and use by farmers is a concern. Increased management and changes to their current their current practices would be difficult for some operations.


Puncture And Cut Resistant Glove Testing, Thomas Fort, Kollin Bruns, Adam Bichel, Jebidiah Miller, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel 2018 Iowa State University

Puncture And Cut Resistant Glove Testing, Thomas Fort, Kollin Bruns, Adam Bichel, Jebidiah Miller, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

American Packaging Corporation is a flexible packaging converter; they currently have three operational facilities in Story City, IA; Columbus, WI; and Rochester, NY, with a new facility being built in Chili, NY. Engineering laminations and coatings, rotogravure printing and lamination, and flexographic printing and laminating are some of the techniques that they are capable of. They provide packaging for a wide range of products in food and beverage, personal care, health care, and specialty packaging. A testing procedure is needed to test the performance of puncture and cut resistant gloves in a specific scenario that is commonly seen throughout through ...


Kuprite: Get Your Dishes Done Right, Colin Joy, Dylan Posegate, Joe Mum, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel 2018 Iowa State University

Kuprite: Get Your Dishes Done Right, Colin Joy, Dylan Posegate, Joe Mum, Joseph R. Vanstrom, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

KupRite is a startup business as of now. The KupRite idea was formed by Heather Blauer about 15 years ago. In the summer of 2016, while camping, she decided to share her idea with Kyle Steele who is now her partner with the aim of turning the KupRite concept into a business opportunity. “This led them to Scott Swenson, a consultant with the SBDC who introduced them to amazing resources”, said Kyle and Heather. One of the resources provided was BeraTek Industries which they utilized for their initial design and the prototype.

Sometimes when light cups, Tupperware, and toddler sippy ...


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