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Team 15 Kennametal - Operational Improvement of Round Tool Manufacturing

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Project Abstract

Kennametal is one of the largest manufacturers of cutting tools in the world. Their facility in Asheboro, North Carolina is in the process of a digital transformation to become a Smart Factory, which includes gathering machine data via a new online functionality. To effectively validate the data returned by Kennametal’s Smart Factory, the team was tasked with creating dashboards that displayed side-by-side comparisons of operator data to machine feedback data. The dashboards will have an immediate impact on the Asheboro plant, they will allow for real-time discrepancies to be visible to the operators and managers so they can perform root-cause analysis. This will gradually improve the reliability of the Smart Factory system. The potential impact at a single facility is expected to be $560,000 over the next three years, with a maximum potential of $11.2 Million if implemented in all similar Kennametal facilities.

Members: Eduardo Alberto Salvador Cardoze, Joey Colyer, Ashley Rose Oldakowski, Devendra Rambhad
Faculity Advisor: Dr. Michael Taaffe
Company Contact: Ariel Shasko


ISE Senior Design Program
Hours: 8a.m. - 5p.m.
Ph: 540.231.1810

Matt Earnest, Director
Center for High Performance Manufacturing


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