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Case studies

Case studies are hands-on problem solving exercises carried out in a real industrial setting. Students study the case in detail and are expected to propose solutions after thoroughly researching all aspects of the given problem and participating in brainstorming sessions. At times, case studies occur during plant tours, especially when the company is located at some distance from Montreal.

Sample case studies

3M Canada 1. Aerosols inventory optimization
2. Service level improvement for abrasives
CAE Electronics 1. Demand forecast and capacity planning
2. Lead time reduction for simulators
3. Kanban and free-issue processes
Celestica 1. Reducing cycle time for circuit board manufacturing
2. Reducing set-up time for SMT manufacturing
CMC Electronics Analysis of late-production order releases
CN Rail Efficiency improvement for railroad car accounting
Draxis Pharma Increasing overall plant production capacity
GE Hydro Improving MRO inventory
IBM Canada Ltd. 1. Improvement of inspection techniques of wirebond-fabricated products
2. Scorecard for logistics management
3. Business intelligence opportunities within manufacturing facilities
4. Deploying advanced planning & scheduling capabilities
INCO 1. Study for a new mines communication system
2. New business model for the divisional shops
Industry Canada Sustainable/green manufacturing for SMEs
IndustryHub Strategy for an e-purchasing service
JDS Uniphase Re-engineering production work flows
Kruger Study of growth industries for possible investment
Liberty Foods Quality control in shipment processes
LKS Consultores, Spain Determining critical characteristics of the world's best-in-class manufacturing companies
Merck Frosst 1. Strategies for global pharmaceutical manufacturing
2. Work/job redesign of the production department
Montreal International 1. Developing a manufacturing cluster for the EMS industry
2. Electronics manufacturing outsourcing cost model: China and Mexico
McGill University Health Centre 1. Cluster characteristics for development of statistical models for resource allocation and scheduling
2. Wait reduction in the gynecology ward
PPG Industries Quality measurement for a finishing line
Pratt & Whitney Canada Reduction of OEM inventory
Sanmina-SCI Measuring forecasting accuracy
Tembec Inc. 1. Cost-effective methods for disposing biological solids
2. Evaluation and optimization of the bleaching process
3. Reducing SO2 emissions
4. C-TPAT security procedures
Thomas & Betts Metrics for operations performance
Venmar Ventilation 1. New system for reverse logistics
2. Improvements to a value-added production line

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