AlwaysRain Irrigation, Inc. would like to determine capacity requirements for the next
Currently two production lines are in place for making bronze and plastic
Three types of sprinklers are available in both bronze and plastic: 90-degree
nozzle sprinklers, 180-degree nozzle sprinklers, and 360-degree nozzle sprinklers.
Management has forecast demand for the next four years as follows:
1 (in 000s) 2 (in 000s) 3 (in 000s) 4 (in 000s)
Both production lines can produce all the different types of nozzles.
The bronze machines
needed for the bronze sprinklers require two operators and can produce up to 12,000 sprinklers.
The plastic injection molding machine needed for the plastic sprinklers requires four operators
and can produce up to 200,000 sprinklers.
Three bronze machines and only one injection
molding machine are available.
What are the capacity requirements for the next four years?
(Assume that there is no learning.)
For the Bronze machines
Bronze machines: produces 12,000 units
Three machines in a line, 2 lines = 6 total bronze machines at 12,000 units each = 6 *
12,000 = 72,000 bronze units available to be made each year.
So, when the demand in first year for the bronzes is 90,000 + 180,000 + 360,000 =
630,000 you cannot supply all of those demands.
So your bronze capacity per year is 72,000 units and 72,000 * 4 (for years) = 288,000
units may be made in four years.
For the Plastic units
Plastic machines produces 200,000 units per machine.
Only one machine per line with
2 lines = 2 total machines for plastic.
200,000 * 2 (machines) = 400,000 units can be made each year.
Over 4 years it can produce, 400,000 * 4 = 1,600,000 total units.
The demand in the first year is the same as bronze = 630,000 units.
It would be better to break this problem down by each year to see if there is enough
capacity to handle the projected demand…