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DECISION ELEMENTS IN THE DESIGN OF A CONSUMER ELECTRONICS ASSEMBLY PLANT by Thomas M. Furey B.S. Mathematics United States Naval Academy (1986) M.S. Industrial Engineering California State University Northridge (1994) Submitted to the Sloan School of Management and the Department of Mechanical Engineering in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degrees of Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering in conjunction with the Leaders for Manufacturing Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology May 1999 1999 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Signature of Author Department of Management Science Department of Mechanical Engineering May 10, 1999 Certified by Stephen C. Graves Abraham Siegel Professor of Management Co-Director, Leaders for Manufacturing Program Certified by Stanley B. Gershwin Associate Director, Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity Senior Research Scientist, Department of Mechanical Engineering Accepted by Lawrence S. Abeln Director of Master ’s Program Sloan School of Management Accepted by Ain Sonin Chairman, Graduate Committee Department of Mechanical Engineering
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DECISION ELEMENTS IN THE DESIGN OF A CONSUMER ELECTRONICS ASSEMBLY PLANT by Thomas M. Furey Submitted to the Sloan School of Management and the Department of Mechanical Engineering in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degrees of Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering Abstract This thesis is the result of a six-month internship at Celestica, Inc, an electronics contract manufacturer. The internship period covered the entire design and construction process for a new personal computer final assembly plant. The main purpose of this thesis is to document the process that was followed at Celestica. Factors affecting the major decisions that were made will be discussed, as well as how they are affected by the product and the manufacturing process, and their effect on the design of the factory. The design process at Celestica consisted of six steps: Benchmarking and research, design concept development, design guideline development, detailed design process, material and personnel requirements development, and procedure definition. This design process enabled the use of a cross-functional team to make decisions on factors which affected different functions of the plant, and provide guidance that allowed individual team members to work on design elements that would be compatible with the rest of the design. The key to this design method was the development of design guidelines, within which team members could work individually. One of the primary decisions the team made was that the assembly process would be done in parallel. This decision was based on the variation of the process, dependencies between process steps, the length of the process, expected workforce skills and training, required assembly equipment, demand variability and individual product demand volume. A kitting system was designed to present material to assembly. This was based on the
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