question 2 smoothtools manufacturing company want to enter the woodwor
*Smoothtools' manufacturing company want to enter the
woodworking tools' market and one of the first products it has
decided to manufacture is a general purpose smoothing plane.
(See Figure Q2- parts view). After 'reverse engineering' the wood
plane, the planning department have arrived at a build sequence
and timings for each task which is shown in Table Q2(a).
Furthermore, the marketing department at 'Smoothtools' have
produced a sales forecast for the new planes which is given in
Table Q2(b). The plant is expected to have a work pattern of 40
hours week, 48 weeks per year. Assuming a Product layout (Long
thin) arrangement, determine the following information for the
1st quarter of production:
a) The required cycle time and the theoretical minimum number of
people required to assemble the products
b) The 'line design'.
c) The actual number of people required to manufacture/assemble
the product based on your design and what would be the
balance loss and estimated output for this arrangement?
d) If a 'short fat' layout is used in the 1st quarter, how many
people would be required to assemble the products? What is
the balance loss and potential output for this arrangement?
e) Considering the two options. Which layout is best suited to
meet the demand in 4th quarter and why?
f) What are the advantages and disadvantages of both 'long thin'
and 'short fat' layouts?
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