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**Capacity Planning For Products and Services**

5 Capacity Planning For Products and Services

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**Strategic Capacity Planning Chapter 5 - Lesson 2**

Lecture/Discussion Capacity planning – what and why Measures of Capacity - Utilization and Efficiency Comparing Capacity Alternatives - Breakeven Analysis Management tools exercises: Capacity Planning Exercise - Running the Business School Problem Solving: Utilization and Efficiency Breakeven Analysis

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Capacity Planning Capacity is the upper limit or ceiling on the load that an operating unit can handle. Capacity also includes Equipment Space Employee skills The basic questions in capacity handling are: What kind of capacity is needed? How much is needed? When is it needed?

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**Importance of Capacity Decisions**

Impacts ability to meet future demands Affects operating costs Major determinant of initial costs Involves long-term commitment Affects competitiveness Affects ease of management Globalization adds complexity Impacts long range planning

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**Capacity Design capacity Effective capacity Actual output**

maximum output rate or service capacity an operation, process, or facility is designed for Effective capacity Design capacity minus allowances such as personal time, maintenance, and scrap Actual output rate of output actually achieved--cannot exceed effective capacity.

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**Efficiency and Utilization**

Actual output Efficiency = Effective capacity Utilization = Design capacity Both measures expressed as percentages

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**Efficiency/Utilization Example**

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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**Key Decisions of Capacity Planning**

Amount of capacity needed Capacity cushion (100% - Utilization) Timing of changes Need to maintain balance Extent of flexibility of facilities Capacity cushion – extra demand intended to offset uncertainty

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**Steps for Capacity Planning**

Estimate future capacity requirements Evaluate existing capacity Identify alternatives Conduct financial analysis Assess key qualitative issues Select one alternative Implement alternative chosen Monitor results

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**Forecasting Capacity Requirements**

Long-term vs. short-term capacity needs Long-term relates to overall level of capacity such as facility size, trends, and cycles Short-term relates to variations from seasonal, random, and irregular fluctuations in demand

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**Calculating Processing Requirements**

If annual capacity is 2000 hours, then we need three machines to handle the required volume: 5,800 hours/2,000 hours = 2.90 machines

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**Planning Service Capacity**

Need to be near customers Capacity and location are closely tied Inability to store services Capacity must be matched with timing of demand Degree of volatility of demand Peak demand periods

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**In-House or Outsourcing**

Outsource: obtain a good or service from an external provider Available capacity Expertise Quality considerations Nature of demand Cost Risk

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**Developing Capacity Alternatives**

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

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**Bottleneck Operation Machine #1 Machine #2 Bottleneck Operation**

Figure 5.2 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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**Evaluating Alternatives**

Cost-volume analysis Break-even point Financial analysis Cash flow Present value Decision theory Waiting-line analysis

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**Cost-Volume Relationships**

Figure 5.6a Amount ($) Q (volume in units) Total cost = VC + FC Total variable cost (VC) Fixed cost (FC)

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**Cost-Volume Relationships**

Figure 5.6b Amount ($) Q (volume in units) Total revenue

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**Cost-Volume Relationships**

Figure 5.6c Amount ($) Q (volume in units) BEP units Profit Total revenue Total cost

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**Break-Even Problem with Step Fixed Costs**

Figure 5.7a 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**

Figure 5.7b $ TC BEP 2 3 TR Quantity 1 Multiple break-even points

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**Capacity Planning Exercise Running the Business School**

What is the major capacity planning issue when operating a University “School”? How would you go about developing a strategic capacity plan for the Stetson School of Business? What data is important to obtain? __ Develop a capacity plan for: Number of full time professors Number of adjunct professors Classrooms (not for this exercise)

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**Utilization and Efficiency Exercises**

Determine the utilization and efficiency for the following: a. A loan processing operation that processes an average of 7 loans per day. The operation has a design capacity of 10 loans per day and an effective capacity of 8 loans per day. b. A furnace repair team that services an average of four furnaces a day if the design capacity is six furnaces per day and the effective capacity is five furnaces a day.

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**Utilization and Efficiency Exercises**

In a job shop, effective capacity is only 50 percent of design capacity, and actual output is 80% of effective output. What design capacity would be needed to achieve an actual output of eight jobs per week?

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Breakeven Analysis A producer of pottery is considering the addition of a new plant to absorb the backlog of demand. The primary location being considered will have fixed costs of $9,200 per month and variable costs of 70 cents per unit produced. Each item is to retailers at a price that averages 90 cents. What volume per month is required in order to break even? What profit would be realized on a monthly volume of 61,000 units? 87,000 units?

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Breakeven Analysis A producer of pottery is considering the addition of a new plant to absorb the backlog of demand. The primary location being considered will have fixed costs of $9,200 per month and variable costs of 70 cents per unit produced. Each item is to retailers at a price that averages 90 cents. What volume is needed to obtain a profit of $16,000 per month?

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Breakeven Analysis A small firm intends to increase the capacity of a bottleneck operation by adding a new machine. Alternative A Alternative B Annual fixed cost $40, $30,000 Variable cost/unit $ $15 Revenue / unit = $15 Determine each alternative’s breakeven point.

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Breakeven Analysis A small firm intends to increase the capacity of a bottleneck operation by adding a new machine. Alternative A Alternative B Annual fixed cost $40, $30,000 Variable cost/unit $ $11 Revenue / unit = $15 At what volume would the two alternative yield the same profit?

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