JGT2 Decision Analysis Task 1
A. Recommendations on how to improve current workflow in the Shanghai plant:
In this section of the task, as the operations consultant of Shuzworld, I present my recommendations in detail on how to improve current workflow in the plant of Schuzworld’s Shanghai production facility.
As I reached the Shanghai plant, I received a warm welcome by the plant’s operating director Mr. Alistair Wu. Wu is responsible for production at all the three facilities in China. His team was eagerly waiting for me for my help on finding the ways to improve efficiency and they were willing to put into effect any recommended improvements. After taking a tour of the plant, Wu ...view middle of the document...
From D, the product moves to work stations E & F, which take 3 & 4 minutes consecutively. The next work station G has prerequisite on E &F and take 3 minutes for its process before sending over to H. Finally, H takes 9 minutes to complete the product in its entirety. As a summation of all the 8 steps of the assembly, the total time taken is 46 minutes per round.
As I analyzed the whole assembly process and the time taken by each step, I came up with this new set of recommendations to improve the efficiency of the production process by reorganizing the assembly line. My first recommendation to the company management would be to take up the task of revising the layout of the plant, in order to improve the workflow in the plant. The company needs to improve the production process efficiently to make the products more cost effective and competitive in the market. The new layout needs to be redesigned to accommodate production efficiency and quality. Equally, an attractive and quality oriented packaging of products increases its market value and salability. To accomplish this goal, the management of Shuzworld should be able to ensure that employee time is maximized to its full potential. This can be accomplished by organizing employees into workstations that focus primarily on the product they are working on. The company needs to make optimum use of production lines and reduce direct labor cost and at the same time the labor workforce needs to feel better of their work environment and process. Creating workstations for employees allows them to communicate with each other in easily and further allows them to get cross trained. An U shaped assembly line over the traditional assembly line reduces the requirement to move frequently in order to communicate or work together during the construction process. Out of this process, employees get additional space to move comfortably and thereby they can move around easily to help their coworkers.
A1. Justification of recommendations
In this section I present my justifications to the recommendations made in the above section. One of the recommendations is to improve the current workflow process by revising the layout of the plant and thereby improving the workflow of the plant. This can be accomplished by using the assembly line balancing process. Assembly line balancing process can be explained as obtaining output of the production at each workstation of the production line at a fixed frequency of time. This process of gathering production output helps monitoring and analyzing the efficiency of the production line and workforce and minimized any delays. The output of a production line is at its optimum only when a smooth, continuing and efficient work flow along the assembly line happens in conjunction with the least idle of idle time. The purpose of assembly lines is to bring together different parts of the product and make a quality product at a series of workstations.
In order to arrive...