Welcome to pTools Inc., manufacturers of specialty electric power tools. You have been assigned to complete a conceptual line design for a family of power tools. In the following exercises you will gather data, perform calculations, and prepare a Conceptual Mixed-Model Line Design for pTools’ nine products.
Management expects the Mixed-Model Line to address and correct, to the degree possible, the following issues facing the current production design:
A Mixed Model Flow Line can successfully address these problems to a significant degree. The Exercises will closely follow the Line Design Roadmap, and will provide you with all the necessary data to complete the assignment. As you complete the exercises you will gain an understanding of the data requirements, data interpretation and management judgements needed to design and implement a Mixed Model Flow Line at your facility. You will also learn how to use well-tested spreadsheet tools to compile data, sort products according to process commonality, determine batch sizes for molded parts, and calculate labor and machine processes required for smooth product flow of mixed models in the facility.
The Mixed Model Flow Line will be designed for the following products:
Complete the two tasks listed below to get start! You’ll be able to download the necessary workbook and supporting files.