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Lean manufacturing, cost analysis of different products

ABP Group

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Closed Posted: 15 Oct 19. Closes: 18 Nov 19 Available: Semester 1 (Feb - Jun)

Semester 1 2020 project (January or February start). 

** UQ students only **


Suited to: final year or Master of Mechanical Engineering students (UQ). If you are selected, the project will be your final year thesis / Masters project topic so you must be eligible to enrol in the appropriate unit/s (ENGG4011 for final year students) during Semester 1 2020.

The successful applicant will receive a $3,000 scholarship + academic credit for enrolment/assessment (6units - UQ ME final year, 4units - UQ Master of Eng students).  

If selected, you must be available to work on the project onsite for 4 days/week (6unit project) during Semester 1 2020 (working around lecture timetable).

APPLICANTS NOTE: you must include your academic transcript/s inside your resume - unofficial transcript for current degree + transcript for past degree - Masters students) + your student ID number.  Combine your resume and transcript/s into one doc/pdf.  We cannot progress your application until you provide this info in your resume.

UQ ME and ITEE students
must have a study plan approved before their application can be accepted by CEED. You must make an appointment with an academic advisor to you're your study plan reviewed and approved.

Dr Bill Daniel is the best contact for ME/Mining academic advice - [email protected]

Mechanical/Mining students must then provide approved academic advice document to Dr Christopher Leonardi prior to enrolling in ENGG4011 - [email protected]

CEED Coordinator for ME & Mining is Dr Christopher Leonardi.



Location: Carole Park QLD
Category: Mechanical Engineering

Project Background / Description

ABP want to identify and analyse the true cost of their products and look at ways of streamlining production and reducing costs. This project will focus on a small number of their product range – to start applying the ‘lean manufacturing’ approach to their operations.


Established almost 60 years ago and based in Brisbane, ABP Group has transformed to become one of Australia’s most innovative and efficient manufacturers and suppliers of toilet partitions, visual boards, fibre cement products and internal fixtures for the Australian market.

ABP is proud to supply the Australian market with custom-built furniture and seating to cover all commercial, educational, medical and hospitality applications.  ABP is also well recognised for its manufacture and supply of visual communication products; whiteboards, chalkboards, notice and pin boards as well as toilet partitioning and locker room systems.

With the expansion of its capabilities using top-of-the-range equipment, ABP has an edge over its competitors with the ability to deliver a project that uses the best quality raw materials that are both ethically sourced, will stand the test of time and are atheistically attractive.

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Objectives / Tasks / Project Outcomes

  • Gather data on cost inputs for a select number of manufactured products
  • Analyse true cost of production
  • Investigate other manufacturing techniques (eg. Value Stream Mapping / Lean Manufacturing tools) to reduce production/process waste, costs and streamline / optimise production
  • Suggest improvements to factory layout – to optimise production
  • Investigate other equipment hardware suppliers to reduce cost without compromising quality
  • Use Value Stream Mapping to show the journey a product takes through the factory, identify any bottlenecks and delays
  • Develop recommendations for improvements; and a cost / benefit analysis for any recommendations

Skills / Experience Required

  • Final year or Master of Mechanical Engineering (able to enrol in thesis or Masters project units)
  • Completed ‘manufacturing processes’ or similar subject
  • An interest in the manufacturing industry
  • An interest in continuous improvement and lean manufacturing tools / techniques (knowledge / prior experience in ‘lean’ would be an advantage)
  • A respect for maintaining workplace safety
  • Very good oral and written communication skills
  • Very good team working skills

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