Case study: HEMPAC - Hibbing Electronics MIP project

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The Hibbing Electronics Inc. case study was an effort to use a team based approach to improve the manufacturing processes at the company. The technique was patterned after a similar system used by the 3M Company of St. Paul, Minnesota. A team of two employees, two college interns, and a project leader worked with the company, Hibbing Electronics Inc., to improve productivity. In this case, delays in machine run-time led to an investigation of the material handling process. The end result suggested a different stockroom location and a slightly different procedure for handling materials in the company stockroom. A few years ago, the company reorganized into seven focus factories, each with it's own stockroom and stockroom personnel. While the focus factories did a better job of keeping track of their customers orders, the lack of central control over the seven stockrooms resulted in many production delays. The team also helped the company develop their own team based process improvement technique. At the end of the project, the company was in the process of moving the stockrooms and had a process improvement team in place.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIndustrial Engineering Research - Conference Proceedings
EditorsR.G. Askin, B. Bidanda, S. Jagdale
Place of PublicationNorcross, GA, United States
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1996 5th Industrial Engineering Research Conference - Minneapolis, MN, USA
Duration: May 18 1996May 20 1996


OtherProceedings of the 1996 5th Industrial Engineering Research Conference
CityMinneapolis, MN, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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