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Riordan Manufactory

Please assist in Determine Riordan's manufacturing strategy (chase, level, or combination) and explain its benefits.
Create a process flow diagram for the electric fan supply chain.
Select two metrics to evaluate performance of the electric fan supply chain.
Describe the supplier relationship and the effects on the supply chain.  As part of this consider the following:
Type of relationship
Supplier location, size of company, and financial stability.
Metrics used to measure supplier performance (on-time delivery, defects, etc).
Supplier improvement strategies 
at least 650 words and in APA format

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Riordan Manufacturing - Hangzhou, China
Process Overview
The plant in Hangzhou, China produces plastic fan blades and fan housings. Electric
fan motors are purchased from a third-party and assembled with the plastic parts and
sold as a finished product. The China operation is being conducted as a joint venture
between Riordan Manufacturing and a small consortium of Chinese nationals. Riordan
Manufacturing is providing most of the operation's capital, injection molding
machinery and expertise. The Chinese partners are supplying labor, interfacing with
local vendors, governments and regulatory agencies and providing some capital.

Receiving Department

The receiving department accepts delivery of raw materials that are shipped to the
company by truck.

The raw materials, or inputs, are:

1. High-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic pellets
2. Cardboard
3. Plastic film
4. Packing straw
5. Adhesives
6. Ink
7. Assorted electric fan motors
8. Solvent cleaners
9. Lubricating oils
10. Mold release agents
11. Electricity

The desired product is comprised of inputs sent to the molding department.

The possible byproducts, wastes, or outputs, from this department are:

1. Off-spec raw materials managed as a waste
2. Spilled materials that may cause land and water pollution
3. Wasted energy from lighting, heating, and processing equipment

If possible, off-spec raw materials are returned to the vendor for credit. Otherwise,
the material is treated as waste and disposed of by our Chinese partners.
Molding Department

The plastic fan blades and housings are offered in a limited array of colors. The
offered colors are all standardized and that allows us to order pre-dyed HDPE pellets.
The inputs are:

1. HDPE pellets
2. Lubricating oils
3. Solvent cleaners
4. Mold release agents
5. Electricity

The desired product is comprised of molded plastic parts for the trimming
department.

The outputs from this department are: 1. Emissions from the molding operation that may cause air pollution
2. Scrap plastic or flashing managed as solid waste
3. Plastic material used to purge the equipment before a color change, managed
as solid waste
4. Spent cleaners and mold release agents that may create air pollution from
volatile organic compound emissions, managed as hazardous waste
5. Off-spec product managed as solid waste
6. Used oils managed as industrial waste
7. Spent cleaners and mold release agents managed as hazardous waste
8. Wasted energy from lighting, heating, and processing equipment

Scrap plastic, off-spec product and purge material are handled by our Chinese
partners.

Chinese workers have been trained in the use and application of cleansing solvents.
Cleaning and maintenance of the machines and the collection of excess or waste
chemicals is handled by our Chinese partners.

Used oils are handled by our Chinese partners.

Trimming Department

The excess plastic attached to the part is trimmed with a mechanical shearer.

The inputs are:

1. Lubricating oils
2. Solvent cleaners
3. Electricity
The desired product is comprised of finished plastic parts for the assembly
department.
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The outputs from this department are:

1. Scrap plastic or flashing managed as solid waste
2. Off-spec product managed as solid waste
3. Used oils managed as industrial waste
4. Spent cleaners managed as hazardous waste
5. Wasted energy from lighting, heating, and processing equipment

Scrap plastic and any off-spec product is handled by our Chinese partners.

Chinese workers have been trained in the use and application of cleansing solvents.
Cleaning and maintenance of the machines and the collection of excess or waste
chemicals is handled by our Chinese partners.

Used oils are handled by our Chinese partners. Assembly Department

The plastic fan blades are attached to the electric fan motors using mechanical
screws. The fan housings are assembled using adhesives, mechanical connectors
and/or ultrasonic welding. The fan motors are mounted in the fan casings using
mechanical connectors.

The inputs are:

1. Adhesives
2. Electric fan motors
3. Lubricating oils
4. Solvent cleaners
5. Electricity
6. Natural gas

The desired product is comprised of assembled plastic parts for the packaging
department.

The outputs from this department are:

1. Emissions from the adhesive that may cause air pollution
2. Off-spec product managed as solid waste
3. Used oils managed as industrial waste
4. Spent cleaners managed as hazardous waste
5. Wasted energy from lighting, heating, and processing equipment

Off-spec products are handled by our Chinese partners
Chinese workers have been trained in the use and application of cleansing solvents.
Cleaning and maintenance of the machines and the collection of excess or waste
chemicals is handled by our Chinese partners.

Used oils are handled by our Chinese partners.

Packaging Department

Appropriately sized cardboard boxes are assembled and bottom flaps are sealed with
an applied adhesive. The finished fans are wrapped in plastic film to which heat is
applied to shrink the plastic film to conform to the shape of the product. The
product is then placed in the box along with packing straw to cushion the product.
The top flaps of the box are sealed using an applied adhesive. A bar code identifying
the recipient of the product is sprayed onto the box using ink.

The inputs are:

1. Cardboard boxes
2. Plastic film
3. Adhesives
4. Packing straw
5. Ink
6. Lubricating oils
7. Solvent cleaners
8. Electricity

The desired product is comprised of boxed plastic fans for the shipping department
The outputs from this department are:

1. Emissions from the adhesive that may cause air pollution
2. Dropped packing straw managed as solid waste
3. Spilled ink that may cause pollution
4. Used oils managed as industrial waste
5. Spent cleaners managed as hazardous waste
6. Wasted energy from lighting, heating, and processing equipment
7. Wasted energy from the shrink-wrapping operation

All spilled packing material is collected and placed back in its hopper for use.

Chinese workers have been trained in the use and application of cleansing solvents.
Cleaning and maintenance of the machines and the collection of excess or waste
chemicals is handled by our Chinese partners.

Used oils are handled by our Chinese partners. Shipping Department

Boxes received from the packaging department are scanned for a bar code. Using the
information from the bar code, a machine sprays the shipping address onto the
surface of the box using ink. The box is then routed through a system of conveyor
belts that sorts the box by its destination and delivers it to the appropriate section of
the loading dock, so it is ready to be loaded onto a third-party commercial carrier.

The inputs are:

1. Ink
2. Lubricating oils
3. Solvent cleaners
4. Electricity

The desired product is comprised of correctly labeled boxes sorted to the appropriate
carrier.

The outputs from this department are:

1. Spilled ink that may cause pollution
2. Used oils managed as industrial waste
3. Spent cleaners managed as hazardous waste
4. Wasted energy from lighting, heating, and processing equipment
Chinese workers have been trained in the use and application of cleansing solvents.
Cleaning and maintenance of the machines and the collection of excess or waste
chemicals is handled by our Chinese partners.

Used oils are handled by our Chinese partners.

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Please assist in Determine Riordan's manufacturing strategy (chase, level, or combination) and explain its benefits. Create a process flow diagram for the electric fan supply chain.

In the review of the case study, the suggestion to focusing on level production as compared to all others where the continuation of production will suffice the demand. The key element to consider a level strategy entails the clients that will purchase the final product, i.e. special groups, governments, etc. In doing so, the scheduling is on point to the same quantity as well as quality needed in order for satisfying the demand. Try and focus on how the particular company can excel within the targeted marketplace based on using a level balancing platform towards production output and input. In the attached document on the process flow to producing fans and fans parts, the inputs as well as output can benefit from a few strategies that will hone having sufficient number of goods in stock and ready to go. Thus, the objective is to select a manufacturing strategy that produces an average inventory without the overstocking challenges that can occur with too many inventories on hand, such as, make-to-order

Keep in mind in creating a process flow, the ...

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The expert determines the Riordan's manufacturing strategies benefits. A process flow diagram for the electric fan supply chain is discussed.

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