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Stickley Furniture

1. Which type of production processing-job shop, batch, repetitive, or continuous --- is the primary mode of operation at Stickley Furniture? Why? What other type of processing is used to a lesser extent? Explain.

2. How does management keep track of job status and location during production?

3. Suppose the company has just received an order for 40 mission oak dining room sets. Briefly list the kinds of information the company will need to plan, schedule, and process this job.

4. What benefits, and what problems, would you expect, given the company's level production policy?

5. Can you suggest any changes that might be beneficial to the company? What are they?

The paper should integrate readings and class discussions into work and life experiences. It may include explanation and examples from previous experiences as well as implications for future applications.

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1. Which type of production processing-job shop, batch, repetitive, or continuous --- is the primary mode of operation at Stickley Furniture? Why? What other type of processing is used to a lesser extent? Explain.

The primary mode of operation at Stickley Furniture is Batch processing. The batch method of processing divides the work into different operations. Often, batches produce many work-in-progress inventory where parts still idle till the time they are ready to go to the next step. For Stickley Furniture, the job moves in batches from cutting to pre-planned pieces.
Other type of processing that is used to a lesser extent is Repetitive processing. This is evident from the fact that a "white inventory" is maintained to meet the seasonal fluctuations in the demand. ...

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The primary mode of operation at Stickley Furniture is Batch processing. The batch method of processing divides the work into different operations

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