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Sealy of Australia - Feasibility Study & Cost/Benefit Analysis – Technology and Component Manufacturing Integration

03/05/2005

Feasibility Study & Cost/Benefit Analysis – Technology and Component Manufacturing Integration – Sealy of Australia (Electrical Engineering/Information Technology double degree student)

Sealy of Australia has long been the market leader in bedding manufacturing. Sealy is headquartered in Brisbane and has manufacturing plants in each mainland Australian state, along with recent expansion into SE Asia.

Phil Moss, National IT Manager for Sealy, commissioned a CEED project for 1st semester 2005, to investigate and report the feasibility of implementing technology to automatically collect production information from their existing 10-spring unit machines.

Tyson Warat (double degree Electrical Engineering / Information Technology student, QUT) commenced this project in early March.

During his project, Tyson will analyse the cost / benefit merits of the project, investigate all existing production efficiency data within Sealy, and research recommendations of other useful machine performance metrics.

Detailed costing of all required hardware, software and data communications will form part of Tyson’s feasibility study. A final recommendation favouring or denying the implementation of such a system will be delivered by end-June 05.

If time permits, Tyson will also investigate and cost a possible expansion of the older systems to meet the same processes of fault recovery as the newer systems.

Sealy perceives that the value of this project will be to identify a more efficient, effective system; providing better information to machine operators and management, and better management of materials. Alternatively the study could reaffirm that current practices are sufficient. Either way, Sealy will then be able to prepare a business case, supported by actual data and the sound reasoning behind their recommendations.

At the end of March, Phil Moss gave us a progress report. “Tyson spent his first few weeks working with the machine operators on the factory floor, to familiarise himself with the project. He has followed the existing information flows and usages throughout the business, and is reviewing machine manuals and other documentation to understand the spring machine workings. This familiarisation period will ensure Tyson has the necessary linkages and contacts across all relevant parties within the business”.

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