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Product Design and Capacity

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How is process selection related to product design and capacity determination?

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Monique Food Processing Company produces light snacks that can be heated in a microwave. The following steps are included in the process:
Steps Description Capacity (Units/Hour)
1 Prepare food 200
2 Measure and place in plastic pouch 175
3 Prepare cardboard box 200
4 Insert pouch into box 300
5 Shrink-wrap box 200

- What is the system capacity, and which is the bottleneck department?
- How much slack (unused capacity) is available in other departments?
- How much system capacity can be gained by adding capacity to the bottleneck?
- What are the key factors that determine when to add capacity?
- Why would an organization want to reduce its capacity?

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Step 2 is the bottleneck. Hence the system can produce only 175 units/hour. I have used this as input to second column. The ...

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The solution discusses how the process selection is related to product design and capacity determination.