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1 CUSTOM MOLDS INC. CASE STUDY 1 MSC 303.103] MAY 21, 2001
TEAM 2: Kristin Harvin, Jung Lee, Andrea Price, Kadek Santi

2 Description Established father-son business
began with focus on molds and later expanded into the production of plastic parts has traditionally focused on quality, design of both molds and parts, mass production as well as customization total order numbers have remained the same, but clients’ needs have shifted

3 Issues Changing strategies within their clients’ businesses changed order needs in an unexpected way total time from order placement to receipt by customer is much longer than promised more and more products defective bottlenecks in production can’t predict where, when, why

4 Analysis Many issues are the result of general inefficiency in several departments offices: design conceptualization taking too long, ideas go back and forth between engineers and managers and customers far too much mold fabrication: needs have changed; need to make very small batches of many different designs, necessitating more runs on different settings (flexible flow strategy)

5 Analysis (cont.) Parts fabrication (injection, assembly): needs to make large batches of the same design, necessitating fewer (longer) runs on the same settings (line flow strategy) testing: could probably be more efficient in terms of time spent, and there are too many defects receiving, mixing, and shipping not apparently a problem; do not account for much time spent on project

6 Recommendations: In mold fabrication: focus on many, small-capacity, specialized machines with more workers to oversee settings in parts fabrication (injection, assembly, cutting & trimming): focus on few, large capacity specialized machines with fewer workers, as there are few settings-changes to oversee

7 Recommendations (cont.):
Move testing area to more central location for more time-efficient movement of goods back and forth and increased, easier communication between testers and office and manufacturing areas so that problems that caused defects can be quickly recognized and fixed.

8 Recommendations (cont.):
Office: make order placement based on ability to complete product requested in time promised (through communication with other departments) coordinate inter-department communication in design development with more efficient process (not so much back and forth); CUT TIME SPENT IN HALF

9 Recommendations (cont.)
Form position to study market so that customers’ needs can be identified and predicted; use to determine needs of facility and human resources focus on overall efficiency in terms of process, movement, inter-department communication evaluate effects of proposed changes on company finances, figuring ROI

10 Recommendation: Alternative
Analyze market and decide, based on the changes in the needs of the market, whether to focus on parts OR molds proceed with applicable recommendations made previously

11 Textbook Question 1 What are the major issues facing Tom and Mason Miller? See slides concerning “Issues”

12 Textbook Question 2 Identify the individual processes on a flow diagram. What are the competitive priorities for these processes and the changing nature of the industry? See flow diagram for all information

13 Textbook Question 3 What alternative might the Millers pursue? What key factors should they consider as they evaluate these alternatives? They should consider alternatives as described in “Recommendations” while always considering the needs of the market and the effect the changes will have on finances, including the ROI

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