Students complete design project at Sulzer Machine and Manufacturing

March 20, 2013

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Platteville students Samuel Hershberger from Bettendorf, Iowa; Sean Cotter from Madison, Wis.; Mike Van Heuklom from Middleton, Wis.; and Juan-Carlos Lozamarquez, an exchange student from Mexico, recently completed a facilities design project for the facilities design course in industrial engineering. Students worked with Sulzer Machine and Manufacturing in Mosinee, Wis., to plan a facility for future expansion and develop alternative layouts.

Projects were chosen in the first week of classes and were intended to apply knowledge, give hands-on experience, develop skills and develop students’ ability to work in teams.

Hershberger, Cotter, Van Heuklom and Lozamarquez chose to work for Sulzer Machining and Manufacturing due to the challenge and more applicable post-graduation information they’d gain, as well as the hands-on experience in a real manufacturing environment.

“We focused on eliminating waste and increasing material flow within the facility and recommended two machine moves, which better facilitate the work and cut material handling costs,” said Hershberger. “We also recommended standard work procedures and an awning be built off the side of the building to protect parts that are stored outside from inclement weather.”

The team says that they feel satisfied with the work they produced and were able to recommend quantifiable improvements. “It's rewarding because we can take away the experiences working in a shop environment and apply the concepts and knowledge from what we’ve learned in class,” said Hershberger.

Written by: Molly Markley, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,




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