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CAPACITY PLANNING FOR PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

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**FACILITY PLANNING Facility planning answers:**

What kind of capacity is needed? How much capacity is needed to match demand? When more capacity is needed? Where facilities should be located (location) How facilities should be arranged (layout)

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**CAPACITY (DEFINITION OF)**

The number of units a facility can hold, receive, store or produce in a period of time It is the upper limit or ceiling on the load that an operating unit can handle. It includes equipment, space, employee skills

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**STRATEGIC CAPACITY PLANNING**

Goal To achieve a match between the long-term supply capabilities of an organization and the predicted level of long-run demand Overcapacity operating costs that are too high Undercapacity strained resources and possible loss of customers

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**CAPACITY PLANNING QUESTIONS**

Key Questions: What kind of capacity is needed? How much capacity is needed to match demand? When is it needed? Related Questions: How much will it cost? What are the potential benefits and risks? Are there sustainability issues? Should capacity be changed all at once, or through several smaller changes Can the supply chain handle the necessary changes?

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**ISSUES TO BE CONSIDERED IN STRATEGY FORMULATION**

Capacity strategy Demand patterns Growth rate and variability Facilities (Cost of the building and operating) Technological changes (Rate and direction of technology changes) Behavior of competitors Availability of capital and other inputs.

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**TYPES OF PLANNING OVER A TIME HORIZON**

Add Facilities Add long lead time equipment Schedule Jobs * Schedule Personnel AllocateMachinery Sub-Contract Add Equipment Add Shifts Add Personnel Build or Use Inventory Long Range Planning Intermediate Range Planning Short Range Planning Modify Capacity Use Capacity * *Limited options exist

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**IMPORTANCE OF CAPACITY DECISIONS**

impact the ability of the organization to meet future demands affect operating costs affect lead time responsiveness are a major determinant of initial costs involve long-term commitment of resources affect competitiveness affect ease of management are more important and complex due to globalization need to be planned for in advance due to their consumption of financial and other resources

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**CAPACITY MEASURES Design capacity**

Maximum output rate or service capacity an operation, process, or facility is designed for Effective capacity Capacity a firm can expect to attain given its product mix, methods of scheduling, maintenance and standards of quality. Design capacity minus allowances such as personal time, maintenance and scrap

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**CAPACITY RELATED CONCEPTS**

Actual output Rate of output actually achieved—cannot exceed effective capacity Utilization Actual output as a percent of design capacity Efficiency Actual output as a percent of effective capacity

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EFFICIENCY Measure of how well a facility or machine is performing when used Actual output Efficiency = Effective Capacity (expressed as a percentage)

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UTILIZATION Measure of actual capacity usage of a facility, work center, or machine Actual Output Utilization = Design Capacity (expressed as a percentage)

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**EXAMPLE- EFFICIENCY/UTILIZATION**

Design capacity = 50 trucks/day Effective capacity = 40 trucks/day Actual output = 36 units/day Actual output = units/day Efficiency = = 90% Effective capacity units/ day Utilization = Actual output = units/day = 72% Design capacity units/day

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**DETERMINANTS OF EFFECTIVE CAPACITY**

Facilities Product and Service Factors Process Factors Human Factors Policy Factors Operational Factors Supply Chain Factors External Factors

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STRATEGY FORMULATION Strategies are typically based on assumptions and predictions about: Long-term demand patterns Technological change Competitor behavior

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**SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MAKING GOOD CAPACITY DECISIONS**

Forecasting the demand accurately Understanding the technology and capacity increments Finding the optimal operating level (volume) Building for change

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**KEY DECISIONS IN CAPACITY PLANNING**

Amount of capacity needed Timing of changes (frequency of capacity additions) Extent of flexibility of facilities External sources of capacity Need to maintain balance

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**AMOUNT OF CAPACITY NEEDED**

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**STEPS OF CAPACITY PLANNING**

Estimate future capacity requirements Evaluate existing capacity and facilities and identify gaps Identify alternatives for meeting requirements Conduct financial analysis Assess key qualitative issues Select the best alternative for the long term Implement the alternative chosen Monitor results

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**FORECASTING CAPACITY REQUIREMENTS**

Long-term considerations relate to overall level of capacity requirements Short-term considerations relate to probable variations in capacity requirements

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**CALCULATING PROCESSING REQUIREMENTS**

Forecast sales within each individual product line Calculate equipment and labor requirements to meet the forecasts

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**CALCULATING PROCESSING REQUIREMENTS**

Calculating processing requirements requires reasonably accurate demand forecasts, standard processing times, and available work time

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**CALCULATING PROCESSING REQUIREMENTS: EXAMPLE 1 (1 of 2)**

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**CALCULATING PROCESSING REQUIREMENTS: EXAMPLE 1 (2 of 2)**

If the department works one eight hour shift, 250 days a year, calculate the number of machines that would be needed to handle the required volume. Solution: 5800/(250)(8) = (3 machines are needed)

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**CAPACITY CUSHION Capacity Cushion**

Extra capacity used to offset demand uncertainty Capacity cushion = 100% - Utilization Capacity cushion strategy Organizations that have greater demand uncertainty typically have greater capacity cushion Organizations that have standard products and services generally have greater capacity cushion

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**SERVICE CAPACITY PLANNING**

Service capacity planning can present a number of challenges related to: The inability to store services The need to be near customer The degree of demand volatility

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**SERVICE CAPACITY PLANNING**

Time: Inability to store services for later consumption. Capacity must be available to provide a service when it is needed (capacity must be matched with the timing of demand) Location: Need to be near customers for convenience. Capacity and location are closely tied. Service goods must be at the customer demand point and capacity must be located near the customer Volatility of Demand: (Much greater than in manufacturing) Volume and timing of demand Time required to service individual customers

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**CAPACITY UTILIZATION & SERVICE QUALITY**

Best operating point is near 70% of capacity From 70% to 100% of service capacity, what do you think happens to service quality?

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**TIMING AND SIZE OF CHANGES (FREQUENCY OF CAPACITY ADDITIONS)**

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**CAPACITY EXPANSION Factors to be considered:**

Volume and certainty of anticipated demand Strategic objectives for growth Costs of expansion and operation Incremental or one-step expansion Frequency of capacity additions

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**CAPACITY EXPANSION STRATEGIES (1 of 5)**

Expected Demand Time in Years Demand New Capacity Capacity leads demand with an incremental expansion Capacity leads demand with a one-step expansion Capacity lags demand with an incremental expansion Attempts to have an average capacity, with an incremental expansion

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**CAPACITY EXPANSION STRATEGIES (2 of 5)**

Expected Demand Time in Years Demand New Capacity Capacity leads demand with an incremental expansion

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**CAPACITY EXPANSION STRATEGIES (3 of 5)**

Expected Demand Time in Years Demand New Capacity Capacity leads demand with a one-step expansion

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**CAPACITY EXPANSION STRATEGIES (4 of 5)**

Expected Demand Time in Years Demand New Capacity Capacity lags demand with an incremental expansion

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**CAPACITY EXPANSION STRATEGIES (5 of 5)**

Expected Demand Time in Years Demand New Capacity Attempts to have an average capacity, with an incremental expansion

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**MAKE OR BUY? Available capacity Expertise Quality considerations**

Nature of demand Cost Risk

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**OPTIMAL OPERATING LEVEL**

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**OPTIMAL OPERATING LEVEL**

Average cost per room Best operating level Economies of scale Diseconomies of scale # Rooms

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**ECONOMIES OF SCALE Economies of scale**

If the output rate is less than the optimal level, increasing output rate results in decreasing average unit costs Reasons for economies of scale: Fixed costs are spread over a larger number of units Construction costs increase at a decreasing rate as facility size increases Processing costs decrease due to standardization

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DISECONOMIES OF SCALE Diseconomies of scale If the output rate is more than the optimal level, increasing the output rate results in increasing average unit costs Reasons for diseconomies of scale Distribution costs increase due to traffic congestion and shipping from a centralized facility rather than multiple smaller facilities Complexity increases costs Inflexibility can be an issue Additional levels of bureaucracy

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**ECONOMIES OF SCALE Small Medium plant Large plant**

Minimum cost & optimal operating rate are functions of size of production unit. Small plant Medium plant Average cost per unit Large plant Volume or output rate

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**ECONOMIES AND DISECONOMIES OF SCALE**

100-unit plant 200-unit 300-unit 400-unit Volume Average unit cost of output Economies of Scale and the Experience Curve working Diseconomies of Scale start working

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**THE EXPERIENCE CURVE Cost or price per unit**

As plants produce more products, they gain experience in the best production methods and reduce their costs per unit THE EXPERIENCE CURVE Total accumulated production of units Cost or price per unit Yesterday Today Tomorrow

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**EXTERNAL SOURCES OF CAPACITY**

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IN-HOUSE OR OURSOURCE? Once capacity requirements are determined, the organization must decide whether to produce a good or service itself or outsource Factors to consider: Available capacity Expertise Quality considerations The nature of demand Cost Risks

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**NEED TO MAINTAIN BALANCE**

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**CAPACITY PLANNING: BALANCE**

Unbalanced stages of production Units per month Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 6,000 7,000 5,000 Maintaining System Balance: Output of one stage is the exact input requirements for the next stage Balanced stages of production Units per month Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 6,000 6,000 6,000

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**BOTTLENECK OPERATION Machine #1 Machine #2 Bottleneck Operation**

Bottleneck operation: An operation in a sequence of operations whose capacity is lower than that of the other operations Bottleneck Operation Machine #1 Machine #3 Machine #4 10/hr 30/hr Machine #2

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**BOTTLENECK OPERATION Operation 1 20/hr. Operation 2 10/hr.**

Maximum output rate limited by bottleneck

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**CONSTRAINT MANAGEMENT**

Something that limits the performance of a process or system in achieving its goals Categories Market Resource Material Financial Knowledge or competency Policy

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**RESOLVING CONSTRAINT ISSUES**

Identify the most pressing constraint Change the operation to achieve maximum benefit, given the constraint Make sure other portions of the process are supportive of the constraint Explore and evaluate ways to overcome the constraint Repeat the process until the constraint levels are at acceptable levels

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**STRATEGIES FOR MATCHING CAPACITY TO DEMAND**

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**DEMAND MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES**

Strategies used to offset capacity limitations and that are intended to achieve a closer match between supply and demand Pricing Promotions Backorders Offering complementary products Discounts Other tactics to shift demand from peak periods into slow periods

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**COMPLEMENTARY PRODUCTS**

Sales (Units) 5,000 Total 4,000 Snow-mobiles 3,000 2,000 1,000 Jet Skis J M M J S N J M M J S N J Time (Months)

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**CAPACITY MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES**

Adjusting equipment and processes – which might include purchasing additional machinery or selling or leasing out existing equipment Making staffing changes (increasing or decreasing the number of employees) Improving methods to increase throughput Redesigning the product to facilitate more throughput (for faster processing)

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**THINGS THAT CAN BE DONE TO ENHANCE CAPACITY MANAGEMENT**

Design flexibility into systems Take stage of life cycle into account Take a “big picture” approach to capacity changes Prepare to deal with capacity “chunks” Attempt to smooth out capacity requirements Identify the optimal operating level Choose a strategy if expansion is involved

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CAPACITY FLEXIBILITY

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**CAPACITY FLEXIBILITY Flexible plants Flexible processes**

Flexible workers

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**EVALUATING ALTERNATIVES**

Alternatives should be evaluated from varying perspectives ECONOMIC Cost-volume analysis Break-even point Financial analysis Cash flow Present value Decision theory Waiting-line analysis Simulation NON-ECONOMIC Public opinion

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**COST-VOLUME RELATIONSHIPS (1 OF 3)**

Amount ($) Q (volume in units) Total cost = VC + FC Total variable cost (VC) Fixed cost (FC)

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**COST-VOLUME RELATIONSHIPS (2 OF 3)**

Amount ($) Q (volume in units) Total revenue

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**COST-VOLUME RELATIONSHIPS (3 OF 3)**

Amount ($) Q (volume in units) BEP units Profit Total revenue Total cost

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**BREAK-EVEN POINT (BEP)**

The volume of output at which total cost and total revenue are equal Profit (P) = TR – TC = R x Q – (FC +v x Q) = Q(R – v) – FC

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**COST-VOLUME RELATIONSHIPS**

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**BREAK-EVEN PROBLEM WITH STEP FIXED COSTS (1 of 2)**

Quantity FC + VC = TC Step fixed costs and variable costs. 1 machine 2 machines 3 machines

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**BREAK-EVEN PROBLEM WITH STEP FIXED COSTS (2 of 2)**

$ TC BEP 2 3 TR Quantity 1 Multiple break-even points

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**ASSUMPTIONS OF COST-VOLUME ANALYSIS**

One product is involved Everything produced can be sold Variable cost per unit is the same regardless of volume Fixed costs do not change with volume Revenue per unit is the same regardless of volume Revenue per unit exceeds variable cost per unit

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**FINANCIAL ANALYSIS Cash Flow**

the difference between cash received from sales and other sources, and cash outflow for labor, material, overhead, and taxes. Present Value the sum, in current value, of all future cash flows of an investment proposal.

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