Operations Management

Operations Management

4 Key Formulas and Definitions:

WIP = TH * CT

CW (critical WIP) = RPT (raw process time) * BNR (bottleneck rate)

Utilization = time used/time available = demand rate/station rate

Bottleneck = Station with highest long-term utilization

Bottleneck Rate for Product Flow = Rate of the Bottleneck Station

 

The VUT equation:

 

The Due Date Quoting equation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Variability in Lead Time Demand

 

 

 

Problem #1   Multiple choice (2 points each – 27 questions)                                        (54 points)

 

  1. Based on the chart below, if the number of orders per 6 months increases

from 5 orders per 6 months to 10 orders per 6 months, inventory needed to maintain the same fill rate:

  1. increases
  2. decreases
  3. stays the same
  1. The primary driver for the answer to (1) based on the chart on page 1 for question 1 involves:
    1. Reorder point
    2. Order quantity
    3. Cycle counting

 

  1. If replenishment time decreases and fill rate remains the same, the reorder point will:
    1. increase
    2. decrease
    3. stay the same

 

  1. Reorder point always equals a multiple of reorder quantity:
    1. True
    2. False

 

  1. Reorder point inventory, conceptually described as safety stock (not cycle stock):
    1. Helps cover demand that shows up during the time between when you replace a replenishment order and it actually arrives
    2. Is dependent on order quantity
    3. Is dependent on order cost

 

  1. The graph below shows the following about implementation of Q, r policies:
    1. Team following policy with inventory position staying between (r+1) and (r+Q)
    2. Team not following policy
    3. Team following policy of ordering two weeks worth every time there is two weeks of inventory left

 

 

POLICY STARTED HERE

 

  1. If capacity is expensive and inventory is cheap, a good reason to hold inventory is to level load capacity by using inventory as a buffer between demand variability and capacity utilization:
    1. True
    2. False

 

  1. In the hierarchical pull planning framework reviewed in class, the Inventory Monitor and WIP Counts are examples of:
    1. Strategies
    2. Tactics
    3. Controls

 

  1. In the hierarchical pull planning framework reviewed in class, reorder point and reorder quantity inventory policies should be applied as a long-term strategy planning tool instead of at a tactical policy and control level:
    1. True
    2. False

 

  1. Which of the following ties directly to the balance sheet:
    1. Inventory
    2. # of kaizen events
    3. # of six sigma projects

 

  1. If a key strategic goal is customer service, which is the better focus for goals:
    1. 99% utilization and earned hours
    2. High on-time delivery and low average days late

 

  1. In a CONWIP shop floor control system, what happens to cycle time if throughput drops below its planned target/quota:
    1. Cycle time goes up
    2. Cycle time goes down
    3. Cycle time stays the same

 

  1. Digital Manufacturing Tools can improve profit and return on capital by:
    1. Reducing Variability and Buffer Cost
    2. Being Cool

 

  1. In an assembly operation with 2 components whose individual service level to the assembly line is 90%, the overall service assuming no issues in assembly itself will be:
    1. 90%
    2. 81%
    3. 72%

 

 

 

  1. The end finished good product item in a bill of materials experiences:
    1. Independent demand
    2. Dependent demand

 

  1. A child item in a bill of material experiences:
    1. Independent demand
    2. Dependent demand

 

  1. In the hierarchical pull planning framework reviewed in class, where should you determine your portfolio of buffers:
    1. Strategy
    2. Tactics/Policies
    3. Control

 

  1. The chart below shows a strategic inventory/order interface choice. By managing inventory immediately prior to assembly, the operation should:
    1. Reduce cycle time seen by the customer
    2. Reduce Finished Goods Inventory
    3. Improve Fill Rate to Assembly
    4. All of the above

 

 

  1. Process batches must equal move batches:
    1. True
    2. False

 

  1. In the Rosemount Case, Throughput was 133 units per day. What WIP level would deliver a 5 day cycle time:                                                                                                                                    
    1. 399
    2. 665
    3. 133

 

 

 

  1. In the Rosemount Case, the team made arrivals to the flow lab less variable and reduced cycle time by:
    1. Moving meters to the flow lab more than once a day
    2. Grouping the meters into batches by size
    3. Reducing mean time to repair

 

  1. In the Factory Physics Framework, the three buffers are:
    1. Lean, Six Sigma, and ERP
    2. Lean Six Sigma, Theory of Constraints, and Kaizens
    3. Inventory, Time, and Capacity

 

  1. What is being “buffered” in the Factory Physics Framework :
    1. Six Sigma
    2. Business Process Reengineering
    3. Variability

 

  1. If the revenue generated by increasing variability is larger than the cost of the buffers needed to cover the variability increase, then increasing variability is a profitable decision:
    1. True
    2. False

 

  1. In the chart below, both suppliers have the same average lead time. If you want equivalent service levels against the planned lead time in your planning system for these suppliers, which of the following describes the lead time input to the planning system for these suppliers:
    1. Lead times for both suppliers should be the same
    2. Lead time for supplier 1 needs to be greater than lead time for supplier 2
    3. Lead time for supplier 2 needs to be greater than lead time for supplier 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. In the chart below, data is provided on the predominant source of variability (demand or supply). Based on this data, would you recommend investing resources in:
    1. Improving forecasting
    2. Improving supplier performance with supplier development initiatives

 

 

  1. Operations Strategy is:
    1. selecting the portfolio of buffers to support the business strategy
    2. a waste of time
    3. lean, six sigma, and theory of constraints

Measures Alignment

 

Problem # 2:  (Measures Alignment)                                                                       [6 points total]

 

A contract manufacturer of food ingredients built an entire marketing campaign around best in class responsiveness. The dominant measures they used in operations were capacity utilization and earned hours. They didn’t measure lead-time, service level, or average days late. Based on the measurements they had, they knew utilization was very high (97%+). Based on complaints from the sales force, they believed customer service was poor.  Using the Factory Physics Framework, please describe why it appears the company’s operations strategy does not support its business strategy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inventory Analysis

 

 

 

Problem 3:  (Inventory Analysis)                                                                           [10 points total]

 

Use the chart below:

 

 

 

 

  1. What is actual inventory and service level? (2 points)

 

 

  1. Is the current actual for inventory and service level optimal? Why or why not? (3 points)

 

 

  1. Name two optimal points (service level, inventory $$):

 

 

Inventory Strategies

 

Problem #4:  (Inventory Strategies)                                                                      [10 points total]

Explain how a leader in operations could use the following three charts to develop and execute inventory strategy:

 

 

 

 

Business and Operations Strategies

Problem # 5:  (Business and Operations Strategies)                                            [10 points total]

 

In class, we discussed that key elements of deploying the Factory Physics Framework often include:

  1.  Aligning Operations Strategy with Business Strategy
  2.  Determining the Portfolio of Buffers at a Strategic Level
  3.  Assessment of Utilization
  4.  Finding the Bottleneck
  5.  Using a WIPCAP
  6.  Reviewing opportunities to optimize inventory including “Common Components for Assemble to Order”
  7.  Setting Lead-times using the Concept of Due Date Quoting

 

Please discuss why each of these is important to analyze an operation and how it could be used in an analysis of the following medical device manufacturing business:

 

A Multi-Billion Dollar Medical Devices Company produces devices which are assemblies. Given the critical nature of delivery of devices to hospital and doctors, medical device companies do not want to stock out.  This medical device company in this case was plagued by long lead-times (2 months) and poor service (50%) from its internal plants to its distribution centers. The distribution centers compensated for the poor performance by holding a large inventory (order of magnitude in hundreds of millions) buffer of Finished Goods inventory in its warehouses.  This tied up valuable cash that could be used for R&D to fuel future growth. Below is a picture of a Demand-Stock-Flow diagram for the current process:

Business and Operations Strategies

 

Problem # 6:  (Business and Operations Strategies)                                            [10 points total]

 

In the final CSUITE case in-class, the company was losing money due to lost sales when its lead-time expanded well beyond the industry standard of 25 days based on the following operations data:

 

 

 

 

Changes were made to achieve the following financial and service outlook:

 

Please describe the changes below that resulted in this outcome in terms of their impact on variability and the portfolio of buffers (inventory, capacity and time):

  • Improve Yield on Miyano
  • Convince customers to place year-long blanket orders on retainers, cinch plungers, cuff locks and a few swiss other parts
  • Avoiding adding costly capacity buffers for new machines
  • Overtime is a good flexible capacity level (model on FANUC, Miyano, Sodick to see overtime vs. inventory vs. cycle time)
  • Set a lead-time of 24 days compared to current industry standard of 25 days

 

 

Operations Management

Last Updated on February 11, 2019 by EssayPro