Christopher Smellie, Michael Quinlan, Alex Dueck and David Effa
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10 pages (Case Study)

SteriproSteriPro Canada LP (SteriPro), located in Mississauga, Ontario, is the first and only company of its kind in Canada to offer hospitals an outsourcing alternative for the reprocessing and sterilization of reusable surgical instruments and medical devices. SteriPro offers services that encompass the entire supply chain of surgical instrument reprocessing, including the collection of soiled instruments from hospitals, cleaning, disinfection, sterilization, and delivery back to the hospital. The company has established a new facility in Mississauga in close proximity to the hospitals it will service. An overview of the processing functions is provided in Figure 1. Currently, (as of early 2012) three hospitals in the GTA have agreed to outsource surgical instruments reprocessing services to SteriPro. While SteriPro’s facility can accommodate these hospitals, the company wanted to ensure that its processes, facilities and services to its customers were optimized.  

SteriPro must decide whether there is a need for facility and/or process improvements to best meet its goals. In anticipation of the quickly approaching ‘go-live’ date, SteriPro had to ensure they have could achieve optimal reprocessing volumes. A group of three University of Waterloo Management Engineering students were asked to develop a process to select an appropriate operations concept to address this need that is consistent with the design constraints and specifications given by SteriPro and will meet relevant health and safety regulations and standards.

Learning objectives: 

The teaching objective of this case is to illustrate engineering design process and process design. Therefore, the main expected learning outcome is for students to practice design synthesis along with project management concepts. The case can be used to walk through the engineering design process, and conceptualize adequate solutions based on the design requirements. The case is proposed to be used in Management Engineering Design Project 1(MSCI 401) and Mechanical Design 1 (ME 322) courses. At the end of this case study, the student (s) will be able to:

Key words: 
Key Words: Process Simulation; Process Logistics; Simul8; Pseudo Optimization
CEAB attributes: 
Design; Economics and Project Management; Problem Analysis; Use of Engineering Tools
Module 01 - Case Study (to be used in printed format)
Module 02 - Need analysis (Restricted to educators only
Module 03 - Preliminary Process Simulation (Restricted to educators only)
Module 04 – Conceptual Design (Restricted to educators only)
Module 05 - Preliminary Analysis and Recommendation (Restricted to educators only)
Module TN - Teaching Note (Restricted to educators only)

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