Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering - (M.S.)

Department

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

First Advisor

Marras, Simone

Second Advisor

Buyuktahtakin-Toy, Ismet Esra

Third Advisor

Cai, Wenbo

Abstract

This thesis shows the steps that have been followed and done in order to improve a critical operation of a technological process of the GEA Mechanical Equipment. The critical operation was the filling with different types of oils the homogenizing machine because it was characterized by a lot of inefficiencies and, in particular, by huge risks for job security. These critical issues gave the opportunity and the chance to realize a project in order to give a process optimization and security improvement.

After having faced all the aspects and steps needed for this project, it has been realized a system of automated oil distribution, but in order to realize this implant have been needed € 35,000. The investment was been anyway approved thanks to the impact that this implant would have given to the company, in fact, the analysis done have been confirmed once the implant was implemented. This system determines:

  • Annual saving of € 9,500;
  • Payback Period of 4.1 years;
  • Internal Rate Return of 11.4%.

Apart from the quantitative aspects, there are a lot of qualitative aspects that have been improved. In fact, it has been made more secure the workplace, there is a new filling technology, that has substituted the old and dirty technology, and it helps to have a more cleaned and organized workplace.

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