1. What analytical techniques are available to help a company like Wheeled Coach deal with layout problems? I understand that the objective of a layout strategy is to develop an effective and efficient layout that will meet the firm’s competitive requirements. Layout design must consider how to achieve the following: • Higher utilization of space, equipment and people • Improve the flow of information, materials or people • Improve employee morale and safer working conditions • Improve customer/client interaction • Flexibility Wheeled Coach uses a work cell layout strategy which enables the company to identify a product family, build teams, and cross train team members. This layout strategy has worked well for Wheeled Coach because it requires an arrangement of machinery and equipment to focus on production of a single product or group of related product. 2. What suggestions would you make to Bob Collins about his layout? According to the information provided in the book and on the CD Rom, “the growth of
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