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Oakland University Industrial and Systems Engineering Student Helps Chrysler Implement World Class Manufacturing

3/21/2013 - Published by Oakland University,  (RochesterMI)
ROCHESTER, Mich., March 21, 2013 — Oakland University Industrial and Systems Engineering student Daniel Tunis has helped Chrysler make big strides improving stamping plant efficiency during his internship.
According to Tunis, the company had an issue with changing dies in a stamping plant.  "Warren Stamping Plant is a large stamping facility, consisting several large presses and progressive presses.  Each press undergoes a die change several times a day.  During these changes, the dies as well as tooling to transfer parts between presses need to be changed,” Tunis said.
Tunis’ goal was to improve the die change process in order decrease the time to complete it, thus saving money.  "I was tasked with working on Line 3, which is an extra-large tandem press.  When I started my project, the line was averaging 78 minutes to complete a die change."
The first step that Tunis took was to observe the original die change process and collect data.  "With this data, we selected a team from both management and hourly workers to attack the loss.  We developed countermeasures to eliminate each item that was causing a loss during the die-set.  These countermeasures ranged from doing proper maintenance on the machine to retrofitting all of the tooling,” Tunis said.  The result of this project was to decrease the time to complete a die change from 78 minutes to current average is 20 minutes, with the final goal being less than 5 minutes.
Tunis believes the team's greatest achievement was automating the process of adding and removing the sunroof trim for the Dodge Ram and Jeep Grand Cherokee roof dies.  “That process initially took 45 minutes and was labor intensive, but they are now able to do it in a matter of seconds without any human interaction," Tunis said.  After completing these continuous improvement projects, Tunis presented the team's results at one of the plant's World Class Manufacturing audits.
“This is a huge event, as it showcases how on track the plant is to becoming a World Class Manufacturing plant.  I presented my project to the auditors, Chrysler's General Manager of Stamping as well as several other engineers, managers and executives from corporate,” Tunis said.  According to Tunis, the audience was surprised that an intern could make such improvements in just four months.

Robert Van Til, Chair of the Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) Department, said of the internship, "Dan, as well as several of his ISE classmates, have done an excellent job of showing Chrysler the capabilities of our students.  We appreciate that Chrysler has, and continues to offer, Oakland ISE students these internship opportunities."
Contact Robert Van Til (, 248-370-2211) if your company is interested in hiring ISE students for internships.
About Industrial and Systems Engineering at Oakland University
Oakland University is a nationally recognized university offering students a personal, high-quality education through highly qualified faculty, flexible class schedules, new facilities (including a new $75 million Engineering Center scheduled to open in summer of 2014), student services, labs, internships, co-ops, and research opportunities with corporate partners.  Oakland's Industrial and Systems Engineering Dept. offers undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs in Industrial and Systems Engineering as well as in Engineering Management.  To learn more about ISE@OU, visit                     


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Contact NameDr. Robert Van Til
Contact Phone(248) 370-2211