P18718: ISE Utility Infielders


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Project Summary Project Information

Problem Statement:

During MSD I, our team worked on a project for Eastman Kodak Co. They were interested in process improvement assistance with one of their production operations. The current process flow for Kodak 135 Film production has three key operations: a Dial Operation, a Spooler Operation, and a Packaging Operation. Department Management identified a desire for reducing the setup times of the various processes and eliminating wastes. Any reduction in setup time or identified wastes is considered a success. Any additional changes to improve the department's processes is a plus.

Our intent is to develop an understanding of the current state, develop a set of potential improvement ideas, present those to management, and work on implementation of an agreed to set of ideas. Our team's focus will be largely on, but not limited to, changeovers for these 3 processes.

During MSD I, we worked on the Kodak project, collecting and analyzing time data, and identifying process improvement opportunities. As the semester progressed, the opportunity to perform a sufficient amount of work that would be hopefully useful to them diminished for reasons beyond our control. For example, the usage of this set of processes that were under our study reduced to only a few hours per month during month 4 of our efforts. Following this event, our guide decided to propose an early termination to this project, which was accepted by the Kodak clients.

As a result, on this web site, the MSD I web pages consist of the Kodak project content, and the MSD II pages are based on the second project we were asked to tackle. This project is a plant expansion at a local company, referred to as Company X. They decided they wanted to use their planned expansion as an opportunity to conduct a "nemawashi", which means using reflection and broad based involvement of the company employees as a means to plan and "spec out" the expansion, vs. the more traditional approach of having a "small group of experts" figure it out. Our role is to determine how to characterize the current state of the plant from a facilities planning perspective, identify the means to involve as many company employees as possible to determine the future state, and then execute getting that input (in one semester).

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Project Number
MSD I Project Name
Process Improvement for Kodak Film Product Changeover
Fall 2017
Primary Customer
Eastman Kodak Company
Sponsor (financial support)
Nancy DiBella, Nancy.DiBella@kodak.com; Wayne Martin, wayne.martin@kodak.com; key people from Company X for MSD II
MSD II Project Name
Plant Expansion Nemawashi at Company X
Spring 2018
Primary Customer
Company X
Sponsor (financial support)
Key people from Company X
Faculty Guide
John Kaemmerlen, jxkpdm@rit.edu

Team Members

ISE Utility Infielders Team Photo

ISE Utility Infielders Team Photo

Member Role Contact
Kyle Leung Industrial Engineer kxl5980@rit.edu
Nick Campagnola Industrial Engineer nrc7303@rit.edu
Ryan Leeson Industrial Engineer rpl8091@rit.edu
Matt Eisner Industrial Engineer mse6735@rit.edu
Alec Meta Industrial Engineer axm2298@rit.edu

Work Breakdown: By Phase


Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Gate Reviews

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Problem Definition for Company X

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)

Work Breakdown: By Topic

Project Management Design Tools Design Documentation Implementation Validation Presentation & Dissemination


Team Norms and Values




Risk Management

Problem Management

Communication & Minutes

USE Scenarios


Functional Decomposition

Morphological Chart

Pugh Concept Selection


Mechanical Drawings

Electrical Schematics

Software Diagrams

Facility Layout



Test Fixtures


Test Plans

Analysis Results


Test Results

Design Review Documents

Technical Paper


Imagine RIT Exhibit