Located only five miles from the University’s campus, Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa is a steel mill that produces over 1.2 million tons of steel annually. Nucor is a leader in the carbon coil and steel plate markets, but they are still dedicated to total quality and continuous improvement. Part of this continuous improvement is making their production and scheduling processes as quick and cost-effective as possible. In order to accomplish this, Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa has enlisted the help of our
project team to overhaul the scheduling process for their discrete plate product.
Within the five client meetings we have had at Nucor’s facilities, our project team has been able to gather immense amounts of knowledge about Nucor’s business processes, the current scheduling system, and the requirements that will be needed in the new system. These requirements include data retrieval from their database, automation of secondary scheduling processes, and generation of documents to be used by various Nucor employees throughout their plant.
Our project will be unique in the fact that our client has asked us to complete build and unit testing early so that we can spend the last month implementing and testing our system on-site at Nucor. Though this task may seem daunting, Nucor has made it possible for us to stay on or ahead of schedule by providing access to any resource that we will need from them, including making the users of our system readily available for questions at any time. The generosity of the stakeholders from Nucor in providing our team with these resources will continue to allow us to add the value they want while staying within the specific time constraints.
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