The International Logistics and Productivity Improvement Laboratory (previously known as Electronics Assembly Laboratory) at Arizona State University performs dynamic research in two main areas. First, it focuses on logistics and productivity. This area is build over industry-sponsored projects that deal with logistics and operations topics that range from design of e.g. logistics platforms, agricultural planning tools, strategies to overcome high labor turnover and aircraft boarding strategies; to specific assessments of e.g. multimodal corridor capacity and pricing of capacity options contracts. The second area deals with reconfigurable automated inspection systems. The actual algorithms and methodologies are based on visual inspection of surface mounted (SMD) components, but the potential use of the results is wide and can apply to fields as diverse as border inspection (one of the most recent projects).
The ILPIL/EAL approaches every project by finding the right people for it. Usually composed by Undergraduate, Masters and PhD students; each project team works under the leadership of our faculty to analyze and define, review and propose, model and solve, and evaluate the different problems faced by our sponsors.
This creates an opportunity for our partners to have access to state-of-the-art tools and methodologies, and attack their problems by means of the best prepared people –whose different backgrounds and experience complement each other to offer an integral solution with scientific fundaments and measurable results. This is the last part of our approach that closes the cycle of feedback and continuous improvement in every project.
At the end of a project, our sponsors obtain practical solutions to their problems based on engineering tools that would outperform their metrics, but also first hand access to students graduating from a top-ranked University. At the same time, the ILPIL obtains access to resources to aid these students academically and financially during this important part of their formation.
For more information on our research/project portfolio please visit the Research section.