Purdue University Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Creating the metaverse for lean manufacturing skills

Purdue University is a public research university located in West Lafayette, Indiana, United States. It was founded in 1869 and has since grown to become one of the largest universities in the country, with over 40,000 students enrolled across its undergraduate and graduate programs. Purdue is known for its strong programs in engineering, agriculture, and technology, and has produced a number of notable alumni, including Neil Armstrong (the first person to walk on the moon), Brian Lamb (founder of C-SPAN), and Eugene Cernan (the last person to walk on the moon).

Overview of Simulations

Lean Training Phase 1

The objective of this simulation is to conduct a Phase 1 example of a Lean training exercise. Multiple students will gather in the environment and be assigned tasks to be performed to mimic an assembly line process that is not following Lean principles. The final output of the assembly line is a breadboard. As this is phase 1 of the training where no principles are applied the layout of the tasks are not in a logical sequence and production is inefficient being produced in batches without the ability to quality check the work further down the line.

Lean Training Phase 2

As this is Phase 2 of the training where some principles are applied, such as, the layout of the tables and the tasks are now in a logical sequence the rest. Notice the organization of the table.