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Discussion Forum: Manufacturing Control Processes POST 1: Manufacturing a unit at cost is what in all three-cases is what were trying to achieve. Within my research I have pinpointed some interesting concepts; all are dependent on the context of the manufactured product and are interdependent with both suppliers and customers. Considering the refrigeration unit manufacturer in ‘case 1’ it is advisable to consider a project-layout process of manufacture. With any highly-specialised product there is low-standardisation potential which is often a cost saving tool by manufacturers. My aim is to consider the lean-processes that can be integrated into this specialised manufacturing plant. Ford in Chicago use highly-flexible modules in their processes, one of which is the use of the ‘Geostation’, a robotic tool that can simultaneously operate non-identical tasks on 3 – 4 components using PLC’s (Product Logic Controllers) which basically allow the robot(s) to efficiently process exact data specifications onto numerous components at the same time. This sort of automation is limited but allows such a specialised manufacturer to reduce inevitable periods of down-time between projects and these modules of manufacturing activity streamline manufacturing processes to reduce wasted time and space within plants. Within such a specialist industry end-to-end processes can be sloppy and dependent on the responsiveness of the customer’s infrastructure. Customers will require processes and schedules to fit-in with their business, so I advise the use of the Gantt Chart Model. By allowing control of individual projects and unhindered process this modelling will ensure that multiple-projects can be operated at once lowering cost-per-unit and increasing profit margins. Obviously a JIT process will be a primary manufacturing focus considering the complexity of each unit, it is necessary to utilise the methodology of deliberately under-ordering inventory until an order is requested. Some key components can be manufactured prior to order-process utilising sales forecasting data however within such a specialised industry most of the inventory will be dependent on size and complexity of the unit/product requested. Manufactured components are best not assembled in-plant as this requires space (reducing cube utilisation for manufacturing) so therefore a ‘Job-Lot’ should be assigned to each project whereby components not required to be fitted now will be delivered and constructed on-site at the customers location (Bicheno 2004). This has restrictions and requires customers to have the space for a flat-pack process to take-place. A main motive
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2012 for the course MGMT 4375 taught by Professor Eixmann during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.

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