Toshiba Production Case

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Designing Toshiba’s Notebook Computer Line
A Study of Manufacturing Capacity

12/12/2011
MGT 393-03

Introduction
We analyzed a Toshiba assembly line plan for a new subnotebook computer. The engineering section manager, Toshihiro Nakamura, wants to make changes to the line process as designed by the engineers. The basic assembly line equipment and space already exist within the Toshiba plant, so the subnotebook assembly process must conform to those preexisting constraints. Specifically, the assembly line is a straight 14.4-meter conveyor system that can accommodate 8 to 12 workers plus one supporter to aid in the assembly process. The employees work at assembling for 7.5 hours a day. The computers are assembled from inventory provided by separate employees. Because it is well managed, there is no concern about supply for the line.
Production quantities for the subnotebook computer are to begin at 150 units per day and increase to 250 in a week with the ultimate goal of 300 computers per day. We used a number of analysis calculations in our decision support model to show the capacity and relative efficiency of different iterations of the assembly line. We have also shown a possible solution to the main problem of the case: As the process is designed, it is impossible to attain 300 computers in a 7.5-hour shift using only one line. The decision support model shows one option for how this can be solved with a given set of assumptions.
Discussion
The decision support models consisted of an Excel spreadsheet that utilized mathematical equations as explained in our spreadsheet showing the formulas that we used. The concept employed was a timeline of assembly where the goal was to minimize the maximum cycle time. We defined cycle time as the time between movements of the conveyor. We called the employee position of maximum cycle time the…...

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