HW_5_sol - Homework 5 Solutions 1 More work-in-process inventory can be used to buffer multiple stage processes Specifically it can help with

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Homework 5 Solutions 1. More work-in-process inventory can be used to buffer multiple stage processes. Specifically, it can help with blocking or starving. Blocking is when the activities in the stage must stop because there is no place to deposit the item just completed. Starving is when the activities in a stage must stop because there is no work. Buffer inventories between operations can help relieve these problems, and improve the efficiency of the overall process. Increasing work-in-process inventory can be bad in that it involves more investment in inventory, as well as taking-up valuable floor space. 2. a. One operator per project: 10 projects per day/8 hours per day = 1.25 projects/hour. The productivity of this option is also 1.25 projects/hour. For the two operator approach, the second operator will limit the system to a rate of 2 projects/hour (this assumes 30 minutes per project). The first operator would be idle for an average of 10 minutes each project. The productivity for the two
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This note was uploaded on 09/29/2011 for the course MGT 3501 taught by Professor Chang during the Fall '10 term at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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HW_5_sol - Homework 5 Solutions 1 More work-in-process inventory can be used to buffer multiple stage processes Specifically it can help with

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