Honors Theses

Date of Award

2018

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Department

Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Jack McClurg

Relational Format

Dissertation/Thesis

Abstract

This study synthesizes the author's area of education and occupational passions by applying lean manufacturing principles such as those of the Toyota Production System to the course preparation process at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School. Over four weeks in the summer of 2017, the initial conditions were monitored and changes were implemented in both the layout of the base and the process itself, specifically the logistics portions. At the end of the season, the effectiveness of these changes were evaluated through a staff survey and comparison of evidence gathered during the summer. The time needed for prep logistics was reduced by 25%, from 6.2 hours to 4.6 hours. The checklists used and layout of storage spaces also show improvements in standardization and clarity. This proved the effectiveness of manufacturing principles in environments outside of traditional production lines, and further improvements are described for continuation of this study's work.

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