How does Ben Lawson’s Custom Fabricators, Inc
Production & Operations Management
Q1.How does Ben Lawson’s Custom Fabricators, Inc., create value for Orleans?
Q2. In the past, what has been Ben Lawson’s competitive advantage in keeping the Orleans business?
Q3. Have Orleans’ priorities changed?
Q4. Should Ben change his business model?
Q1. Using the project planning data from the FPDS, develop a plan that shows what car projects will be happening during the first week of January each year. Assume that the launch date for new models is the first week of August (week 33) each year. Also, assume that the division operates only 50 weeks each year (the division is idle during Christmas and New Year’s each year)
Q2. How are these data useful to the Thunderbird team?
Q3. What additional data would be useful to the team? How would these data be used?
Q4. Given the very dynamic nature of the luxury automobile market, and the complex engineering and design issues associated with building new cars, what would you consider the most important features of a product development system for the Thunderbird product planning group?
The matrices in Exhibits 1 and 2 show the importance of proximity for the kitchen equipment and dining area features. Use systematic layout planning (with numerical reference weightings) to develop a floor layout for the kitchen and the dining area of Soteriou’s Souvlaki.
Q1. What are the causes of the quality problems on the Greasex line? Display your answer on a fishbone diagram.
Q2. What general steps should Hank follow in setting up a continuous improvement program for the company? What problems will he have to overcome to make it work?
Q1. Acting as an outside consultant, what would you recommend that Pepe do? Given the data in the case, perform a financial analysis to evaluate the alternatives that you have identified. (Assume that the new inventory could be valued at six weeks’ worth of the yearly cost of sales. Use a 30 percent inventory carrying cost rate.) Calculate a payback period for each alternative.
Q2. Are there other alternatives that Pepe should consider?
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