P09457: Process Improvement Project


Project Summary Project Information

For 25 years process improvement has been overlooked at Dresser-Rand's facility. There are many opportunities at making improvements throughout the facility.

  • Many problems could be individual capstone projects
  • Proposing quick and inexpensive solutions to several problem areas is the focus of this project

After initial review of Dresser-Rand Piping and Packaging area it has been determined that the best approach is to break up the floor into several subsystems:

  • Facility Layout
  • Weld Booths
  • Consignment and VMI Inventory
  • Tubing and Instrumentation
  • Pipe Prep & Cutting and Bending
  • Hydro and Cleaning
  • Final Packaging

5 Minute Project Commercial

Project Name
Process Improvement Project
Project Number
Project Family
Sustainable Technology of the Global Market
Process Improvement Initiatives
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Professor John Kaemmerlen (IE)
Primary Customer
Dennis Rice, Process Innovation Director at Dresser-Rand
Team Member Schedules

Team Documents

Planning Subsystem Documentation

Design Project Management

Mission Statement

Staffing Requirements

Intellectual Property Considerations

Preliminary Work Breakdown Structure

Team Values and Norms

Required Resources

DPM Final Presentation

Multidisciplinary Senior Design I

Identify Customer Needs

Establish Target Specifications

MSD I Scheudle

Value Stream Map and Process Flow

Multidisciplinary Senior Design II

MSD II Quarter Schedule

Facility Layout

Weld Booth

Hydro Table

Case & Head Hydro Testing


Time did not allow for looking into the following subsystems:

  • VMI
  • Final Packaging
  • Tubing and Instrumentation
  • Pipe Prep, Cutting, & Bending

*Note - To view Kaizen information on:

Welding Rod Reorder Process - See Weld Booth

Consignment Footprint Reduction - See Consignment

Concept Design Review (SD I)

Detailed Design Review (SD I)

Managerial Design Review Presentation (SD I)

MSD I Test Plan

Objective evaluation of teams successes.doc

Team Self-Assessment of Values and Norms

Imagine RIT Poster

Technical Conference Publication (SD II)

MSD II Design Review Presentation (SD II)

Follow up Opportunities