P18701: ABVI Sewing Facility Improvement


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Project Summary Project Information

The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI) empowers people with vision loss to engage in fulfilling careers by offering a variety of specialized products, including a sewing production line whose products include various uniforms for the federal government. A mix of approximately 40 blind and sighted employees work various shifts throughout the day, year round.

The goal of this project is to clearly understand the current state of the facility to recommend a new layout that will improve flow, and thus also improve productivity. The project will also study current processes to increase accessibility for blind/visually impaired workers. Improving the facility will allow ABVI to accept more work, both government and commercial.

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Project Name
ABVI-Goodwill Sewing Area Lean Implementation
Project Number
Project Family
Industrial Engineering
Start Term
Fall 2017 (2171)
End Term
Spring 2018 (2175)
Faculty Guide
John Kaemmerlen, jxkpdm@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Joyel Bennett, Ridhi Malik, Leon France

Team Members

From Left: Ashley Kittell, Ryan Dillon, Melissa Dubots, Jenn Palmer, Zain Abdelrazeq

From Left: Ashley Kittell, Ryan Dillon, Melissa Dubots, Jenn Palmer, Zain Abdelrazeq

Member Major Contact
Ashley Kittell Industrial & Systems Engineer axk9813@rit.edu
Ryan Dillon Industrial & Systems Engineer rd6787@rit.edu
Melissa Dubots Industrial & Systems Engineer mxd9564@rit.edu
Jenn Palmer Industrial & Systems Engineer jxp4463@rit.edu
Zain Abdelrazeq Industrial & Systems Engineer za5116@rit.edu

Work Breakdown: By Phase


Planning & Execution

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Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)