Capacity Planning in the Face of Product-Mix Uncertainty

However one comes to a list of possible mix driven

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Unformatted text preview: tion to those tool groups nearest the top of the Distance from Forecast Mix to First Tool-Purchase Point table (Figure B). However one comes to a list of possible mix-driven capacity constraints, the final question is, what specifically should be done with this information? Here are some possible courses of action: 1. Purchase one additional tool of any tool group that becomes a constraint if product-mix shifts by, say, 15% or less (defined as number of wafers shifted from forecast mix as a percentage of total forecast volume). Build an awareness in the company of what product types and technologies most heavily load those tool groups that are mix-driven capacity constraints. This awareness is especially important in groups that are closest to the customer (Sales and Marketing) or can best gauge the promise of potential new technologies (R&D). Have everyone keep alert to signs that market demand is poised to increase for products and technologies that disproportionately load tools that are mix-driven capacity constraints. equipment should Headway purchase to meet forecast?,” this m...
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