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Manufacturing Systems

Unit 1 IP

You have recently been hired as a project manager by the CEO of the ABC Firm, a large manufacturing firm (just one division of the XYZ Conglomerate Corporation). The CEO of ABC has been a manufacturing executive since the beginning of the 1950s. He and most of the managers and supervisors are steeped only in traditional manufacturing and operations methods, which are outdated. The board of directors has been concerned about lagging results of ABC versus its more modern thinking competitors.

You were hired by the CEO as the project manager with the specific charge to changeover ABC's outdated manufacturing, forecasting, and scheduling systems to more modern methodology. You have successfully accomplished this very same task at 7 different companies over the last 20 years, so you feel confident that you can get the transition to occur, although you do have some reservations. However, with the patience of the board and the understanding by the CEO and most of the managers, you can show them how different life will really be under the new operations paradigms.

After your working lunch with the CEO, he asked you to prepare a memo, specifically for the senior management team, dealing with demand management and forecasting. As the CEO is a practical type of team leader, he asked that you specifically describe the following points in your memo:
• Traditional manufacturing methods
• Pros of traditional manufacturing methods
• An in-depth description of at least 2 issues faced by most manufacturing firms that have traditional manufacturing methods
• Contemporary methods to overcome the cons without losing the advantages of the traditional method

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Step 1

The header of the memo should be:
TO: Senior Management Team
FROM: Project Manager,
DATE: October 6th 2013
SUBJECT: ABC's manufacturing systems

Step 2
The traditional manufacturing methods use a push system in which the partially completed product is pushed into an area where work-in-process waits. The next department takes the subassemblies or partially completed products from their locations performs operations on them and pushes the work into their next work-in-process location, operates on the work in process and then pushes the resulting work into the next location to wait. This is the system being followed at ABC.

Step 3
This traditional method has several advantages. There is a buffer of partly completed items between work stations and this separate step reduces risks. If there is ...

Solution Summary

This posting gives you a step-by-step explanation of ABCs manufacturing systems. The response also contains the sources used.

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