Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - Leading Process and Product Improvement

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IME 4870 - Manufacturing Productivity Techniques

Catalog Description:

The application of modern systems for engineering design and the re-engineering of manufacturing and service operations from the initial product design to delivery of the final product. Emphasis will be on manufacturing systems, principles, practices and procedures to enhance productivity, quality, and customer service in a global business environment.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisites: Senior standing; ISMJ or ISMN only.

Credits: 3 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3 - 0)

Course Objectives:

Based of the course description, at the conclusion of the semester the student should be able to:

  • Describe the role of manufacturing in a world-class organization
  • Identify internal and external customers in the design to manufacturing to delivery cycle
  • Understand the role of design and lead-in time production of quality products and services
  • Understand the functions and techniques of successful project management
  • Understand the role of the supply chain in performance of an organization
  • Understand the impact of a global economy

Performance Criteria:

The student should be able to demonstrate proficiency to:

  • Define concepts and techniques for manufacturing improvement
  • Present and effectively communicate concurrency, reengineering, design quality, quality improvement methods, lead time, project management, product casting, and supply chain
  • Develop an awareness of professional, ethical, and social responsibilities in international business environments


Termini, M.J. The NEW Manufacturing Engineer, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, ISBN 0-87263-479-5. 1996


Wright, Paul Kenneth, 21st Century Manufacturing, Prentice Hall, 2001

Course Coordinator:

Joseph Petro
Western Michigan University
F-229 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3370

Revision Date: Fall 2010


Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5336 USA
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