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In the final semester of his University of Wisconsin-Madison master's degree, Bob Aloisi didn't just earn a letter grade in his quality engineering class: He saved his company $50,000.

It wasn't the typical classroom outcome, but then this classroom wasn't typical. As a student in "Quality Engineering and Quality Management," Aloisi accomplished a major class project in quality improvemen......

Full article >>> oisi led the group in the methods taught in QEQM. In less than three months, the team cut waste on the production line by two-thirds, doubled productivity and saved the company $50,000. And because the results have been sustained, Rockline expects annual savings in the six-figure range, Aloisi reports.

"This project's results were exceptional and well-recognized by the company," he says. ......

Full article >>> ractors had spiked during a three-month period, producing an unusual number of expensive warranty claims. It routinely fell to Smith's group to ferret out the causes. In this case, he says, "The challenge was trying to determine exactly what had failed first. It was really difficult because all the internal components were broken into many pieces."

Using information from QEQM and its own ......

Full article >>> won't change: Students from diverse backgrounds can shape the experience to fit their needs, as Bruce Wallin found in spring of 2002. An Associate Fellow in dynamics at Hamilton Sundstrand (HS) in Rockford, Illinois, Wallin admits he felt somewhat out of place among his MEPP cohortsmostly project and manufacturing engineers. "I'm almost a pure analyst. I do calculus every day," he jokes. Still, w......

Full article >>> e opinions expressed herein or statements made in the above column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Wisconsin Technology Network, LLC. (WTN). WTN, LLC, accepts no legal liability or responsibility for any claims made or opinions expressed herein.......

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Source:wistechnology.com By Madeline Fisher 01/18/06


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