OPM500 - Operations Mgmt. for Managers Module 1 - Case - 10042

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Case: the Excellent Manufacturing Company & Productivity

 

***SCENARIO***

 

COMPANY EMAIL

 

FROM: George Washburn

 

SUBJECT: Annual Productivity Plan

 

The Plasit-brack product line is an important part of our business and with your qualifications, I am looking for some good things to happen with these products.

 

 I am announcing the annual productivity plan and goal, which is for EMC to improve productivity this year by 5% overall. I am asking each manager to develop a productivity plan for their areas. This plan is to identify areas of productivity, the productivity measurements, and provide a plan for how the productivity will be accomplished.

 

I want you to consider using this multi-factor productivity measure: (Total Production of Plasti-bracks) / (Total Paid Labor Hours).  Using the most recent data available, this Productivity Measure is 391.25 pcs produced per paid people hours, for Plasti-Brack. You can review the detailed data to see how I determined this measurement. A 5% increase translates to 410.81 pcs/pdppl hr.

 

Given this overall productivity measure and the 5% goal, you should consider your next steps. First, do an assessment of the current situation. Then determine other subordinate productivity indices or factors that will be measured in your area of responsibility. What are the main issues and concerns about improving productivity this year? What are some of the possible processes that should be considered for process re-engineering or “lean” analysis? What improvements are you planning on making, and how will these make the 5% productivity goal?

 

Please do this analysis for your area. You should consult with the production managers as necessary. I want a report that provides an assessment of productivity measures and process improvement issues for the Plasti-brack product line and related production processes.

 

I will be looking for your report in the next several weeks. Thank you. ~GW

 

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***LEARNING WIZARD***

 

Assignment

 

Analyze the processes that are used to produce the Plasti-brack product line. Determine appropriate productivity measures and then develop a productivity & process improvement plan. Justify your plan. Write a report to the VP of Operations.

 

Expectations

 

·         Use the information provided in the Background readings. It is not necessary to do any additional research.

 

·         Review the information about the Excellent Manufacturing Company and become familiar with the products and processes

 

·         Analyze the processes and determine productivity measures for the various processes.

 

·         Determine a plan for improving productivity via process improvement and lean thinking.

 

·         Justify your plan based on the concepts of process improvement.

 

Use the Grading Guideline for Case1 to organize your paper and make sure you are meeting expectations for the best grade possible. Click Here.

 

READ the information provided by the resources and references on the Background page. Understand the theory and concept of productivity, productivity measures, process improvement, productivity improvement, and Lean.

 

Study the information about the Plasti-Brack product line. Understand the manufacturing processes and the Productivity Measurement that G. Washburn is using. Look for ways to Increase OUTPUTS and/or Decrease INPUTS (paid people hours).

 

NOTE: If you use the references provided in the Background, then you do not need to include a Reference section. If you do decide to use additional references, then you need to cite them and include them in a References section.

 

The report should be 3 to 4 pages.

 

 

 

 

 

Solution Description

 

Case: the Excellent Manufacturing Company & Productivity

 

***SCENARIO***

 

COMPANY EMAIL

 

FROM: George Washburn

 

SUBJECT: Annual Productivity Plan

 

The Plasit-brack product line is an important part of our business and with your qualifications, I am looking for some good things to happen with these products.

 

 I am announcing the annual productivity plan and goal, which is for EMC to improve productivity this year by 5% overall. I am asking each manager to develop a productivity plan for their areas. This plan is to identify areas of productivity, the productivity measurements, and provide a plan for how the productivity will be accomplished.

 

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