Manufacturing Operations

The manufacturing process of the flooring planks was very intense regarding its relation to fitness each plank to each other. However, the production process has five consecutive steps from the start point. One; smoothing the both of planks, so they are equal in thinness, that process is called planning which took on average 5 minutes to complete each board of plank. Second; cutting the unnecessary wood from the plank, and this process took average 1 minute.

Third; this step called the trimming to prepare each board to the floors width, and the overlap joints were also included in this step. However, it took on average 4 minutes to prepare the board.Similarly, the last fifth step was to ensure the board is developedto the requirements of the floor and inspect if any modifications are necessary for the planks, so roughly it takes 1 minute complete that step.

Similarly, the after the finalization of the of planks. The installation of the planks starts at the customer floors. However, this step was critical for to get fit every plank on thefloor with best overlap joint by eliminating the exposure of the screws through the technique of doweling.

This is appropriate to use the similar processing and production system that has some unique characters. Because on one side, customers are about to pay less for the flooring of their house with the softwood, on the other hand, they get the same experience like the hardwood floor. It is due to the skill level of the Sullivan that gets things done in a different waythan the conventional system of flooring of the houses yet provides hardwood floor experience in acheaper way.

Question 3

Production Capacity

Sullivan has the devoted his weekly four and half hour to output and preparation of the floor board. However, the per floor board takes around 15 minutes to complete in themanufacturing process. Moreover, on the other hand, Sullivan’s anticipated that he would need 1,200 pine planks for the next 15 anticipated jobs. Now the Sullivan has 270[1] minutes, which on aggregate he has 14040[2] minutes throughout theyear in 52 weeks. Similarly, the average floor board takes 15 minutes to complete the production process. So, the theoretical production capacity of the Sullivan is 18[3]boards weekly, and 936[4] boards yearly. So, the anticipation that these 15 jobs of flooring would require 1,200-floor boards to be manufactured for the jobs. Meanwhile, each job requires 80 boards that mean that Sullivan would not meet the forecasted demand of the planks required for the anticipated 15 jobs.

[1] 4.5 hours equal to 270 minutes: 4.5*60=270

[2] There are 52 weeks in year, and he has 270 minutes for production in a week. So, total time available for production is 270*52=14040 minutes yearly.

[3] Available minutes divided by production time per plank :270/15=18 board capacity per weekly.

[4] Available minutes divided by production time per plank: 14040/15= 936 boards capacity yearly……………………..

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