BA430 Week Six: Turkell Studd Mill
Turkell Stud Mill Case
The logging process believes to have a short length of around 4.23 percent. The total number of logs purchased during the year is around 250000 to 300000 logs which amount to $ 100,000 when multiplied by 9. This means that an approx. of 11000 to 13000 logs is actually short in length. Out of this only 10 percent of short length logs are identified. The scope of 90 percent short length logs is not covered. One major reason for this is only 4 out of 50 logs in a shipment are examined to determine the length of all and adjustment is based on the success or failure of these 4 logs. A simple and easy way to overcome this issue is to increase the check size of the logs for judging the shipment. The sample size should be increased to 8 to 10 logs per shipment. This may lead to an issue of increasing inspection time. However, this will not lead to significant increase in inspection time as marked in the question. On doing so, the mill will be able to form a better understanding of the variance in the shipment and pay according to the better adjusted figures. However, this may not be a sufficient resort to eradicate the losses faced on account of short length logs, this will meanwhile act as a resort to decrease the losses significantly and further act to increase the percentage of detection of short logs.
Another thing which may be used to measure the correct value of logs is by taking the average of both the sides of the diameter of the logs. This is because of the fact that, logs vary in diameter from one end to another and one best way to calculate the exact measure is to take the average.
When quality comes into question we must inspect the product, examine the process in which the product is made. The Studd Mill should re-evaluate the way the logs are brought in and prepared. The whole process needs to be overhauled; maybe even new equipment should be implemented. In order to keep the customers and vendors that Turkell Studd Mill currently has they must put in systems that will eliminate the errors in the logs. Many logs will vary in diameter from one end to the other so a technique must be introduced to help with the issues that they are facing.