Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2021

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Chemical Engineering

First Advisor

Rick Hollander

Second Advisor

Scott Kilpatrick

Third Advisor

Eugene Paik

Relational Format



The purpose of this thesis is to document and discuss the design and manufacturing process used to produce a bathtub caddy on a large-scale production process for the Center for Manufacturing Excellence Senior Capstone Project. This project was carried out over the Fall of 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters by a team consisting of an Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Undergraduate, two Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate, a Finance Undergraduate, and an Accounting Undergraduate. The objective of this project was to design the product and then a manufacturing process that could be used to at first produce a prototype before planning a ramp up in production to produce large quantities of the product. In addition to just manufacturing the product, the economics of the product were analyzed to determine if the product would be economically viable in a scale up situation. Lean manufacturing techniques were used heavily throughout the project in an effort to remove any unnecessary waste as well as get as much value out of the final product as possible. The team used the Toyota Production System model to design a lean manufacturing process and culture throughout this process. This thesis will walk through the product and the process as well as analyze the manufacturing principles applied to maximize the total value of the project.



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