Decision Models -- Prof. Juran2 Overview Operations Simulation Models Reliability Analysis –RANK, VLOOKUP, MIN Inventory Order Quantities –Single Product (MAX) –Multiple Products with Correlated Demand Project management –PERT Analysis
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran3 Example 1: Reliability Consider a device that requires two batteries to function. If either of these batteries dies, the device will not work. Currently there are two brand new batteries in the device, and there are three extra brand new batteries. Each battery, once it is placed in the device, lasts a random amount of time that is lognormally distributed with mean 20 hours and standard deviation 5 hours. When any of the batteries in the device dies, it is immediately replaced by an extra (if an extra is still available). Simulate the time the device can last with the batteries currently available. What is the estimated probability that the device will last longer than 50 hours?
6 B3:B4 contain the parameters for the random lifetimes of batteries. D1:I6 keep track of all five batteries, including when they start (and in what order) and when they fail (and in what order). Note that the random variables are G2:G6, which will be simulated by Crystal Ball. These are the “lifetimes” of the batteries.
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran7 We calculate the fail time of a battery by using the formula: Fail time = Start time + Lifetime
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran8 For example, in this realization, Batteries A and B both start at time 0. Battery B fails at time 26.41, and is replaced by Battery C (see row 10). Battery A fails at time 28.23 and is replaced by Battery D (row 11). Battery D fails at time 50.75 and is replaced by E (D started at time 28.23 and lasted 22.52; see row 12). Finally, Battery C fails at time 52.08 (it started at time 26.41 and lasted 25.67; see row 13). At this point the device fails, having lasted 52.08 hours.
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran15 Using the frequency chart’s “certainty” feature, we can drag the lower “grabber” to a point where the left window reads 50 (or Crystal Ball will allow you simply to type 50 into the left window). The certainty window indicates the estimated area under the curve in the blue shaded region. In this case, we estimate a 89.89% probability that the device will fail before 50 hours.
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran16 Example 2: Blockbuster Publishers At present, 2000 copies of the book are in stock, and Blockbuster must determine how many copies of the book to print for the next year. Demand has a triangular distribution with parameters 4000, 6000, and 9000. Each copy sold during brings the publisher a revenue of $35. Any copies left at the end of the year can be sold for $5. The cost of printing the book is $50,000 plus $15 per book printed.
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran18 Somewhat arbitrarily, we have decided to consider possible order quantities of 0, 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, and 7000 (B1:I1). For each possible order quantity, we have a fairly simple income statement-like analysis in rows 2 through 9. All columns get their demand number from B3. (Note that the demand level in B3 will be a random variable later.) The lower part of the spreadsheet (rows 11 through 16) contains the basic parameters of the problem.
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran25 Example 3: Walton Bookstore Consider two competing products sold by a company. Sales of either product tend to take away sales from the other product. That is, demands for the two products are negatively correlated. The company first places an order for each product. Then during a period of time, there is demand D 1 for product 1 and demand D 2 for product 2. These demands are normally distributed with means 1000 and 1200 and standard deviations 250 and 350. The correlation between D 1 and D 2 is , where is a negative number between –1 and 0.
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran26 The unit cost of each product is $7.50, the unit price for each product is $10, and the unit refund for any unit of either product not sold is $2.50. The company must decide how many units of each product to order. Use simulation to help the company by experimenting with different order quantities. Try this for = -0.3, = -0.5, and = - 0.7. What recommendations can you give about the “best” order quantities as the demands become more highly correlated (in a negative direction)?
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran27 We have laid out (somewhat arbitrarily) 16 different combinations of order quantities for the two products (B2:Q3). Each of the columns from B to Q represents a model of one order quantity strategy.
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran29 The random variables (demand D 1 for product 1 and demand D 2 for product 2) appear in rows 3 and 4. Note that the demand stream for all strategies is the same, because each value in rows 3 and 4 refers to B4:B5. The correlation between D 1 and D 2 ( ) appears in I18. Here are the two assumption cells:
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran30 For more than a few correlated green cells, it’s more efficient to use the matrix view. You can specify bivariate correlations in the Define Assumption window.
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran31 Click on “correlate” to enter the correlation information.
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran32 Switch to “list” view (not the default matrix view). Enter coefficient by typing, cell reference, or the slider.
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran39 Beta Distribution Parameter Description Characteristics Min Minimum Value Any number-∞ to ∞ Max Maximum Value Any number-∞ to ∞ Alpha (α) Shape Factor Must be > 0 Beta (β) Shape Factor Must be > 0 The Beta distribution is a continuous probability distribution defined by four parameters:
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran41 The Beta distribution is popular among simulation modelers because it can take on a wide variety of shapes, as shown in the graphs above. The Beta can look similar to almost any of the important continuous distributions, including Triangular, Uniform, Exponential, Normal, Lognormal, and Gamma. For this reason, the Beta distribution is used extensively in PERT, CPM and other project planning/control systems to describe the time to completion of a task.
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran43 The project management community has evolved approximations for the Beta distribution which allow it to be handled with three parameters, rather than four. The three parameters are the minimum, mode, and maximum activity times (usually referred to as the optimistic, most-likely, and pessimistic activity times). This doesn’t give exactly the same results as the mathematically- correct version, but has important practical advantages. Most real-life managers are not comfortable talking about things like probability functions and Greek-letter parameters, but they are comfortable talking in terms of optimistic, most-likely, and pessimistic. PERT Approximations
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran44 3-step Procedure
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran45 Beta Distributions in Crystal Ball
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran46 Beta Distributions in Crystal Ball
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran47 Operations Example: Project Management (PERT) Sharon Katz is project manager in charge of laying the foundation for the new Brook Museum of Art in New Haven, Connecticut. Liya Brook, the benefactor and namesake of the museum, wants to have the work done within 41 weeks, but Sharon wants to quote a completion time that she is 90% confident of achieving. The contract specifies a penalty of $10,000 per week for each week the completion of the project extends beyond week 43.
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran50 Here’s an activity-on-arc diagram of the problem:
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran51 To use a beta distribution, we would start a spreadsheet model like this, calculating the mean and standard deviation using the PERT formulas:
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran52 Calculating shape and scale parameters:
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran53 A section to keep track of each node and when it occurs A section to keep track of each path through the network, to identify the critical path in each simulated project completion A section for simulating the times of the activities Model Overview
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran54 Here’s the section keeping track of the activity times. The numbers in column I will be CB assumption cells.
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran55 For each of the random activities, we create an assumption cell, as shown here for Activity A:
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran58 Example: Activity C
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran59 Now we set up an area in the spreadsheet to track each of the paths through the network, to see which one is critical. This network happens to have six paths, so we set up a cell to add up all of the activity times for each of these paths:
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran60 Now we set up an area in the spreadsheet to track each of the paths through the network, to see which one is critical. This network happens to have six paths, so we set up a cell to add up all of the activity times for each of these paths:
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran61 Now, for each activity, we can set up an IF statement to say whether the activity was critical for any particular realization of the model. Note that Activity H (Procure Steel, in row 9) is part of two paths (A-B-D-E-F-H-K-L-M, in row 19, and C-E-F-H-K-L-M, in row 20). In this example, neither of those was the critical path, so Activity H is non-critical.
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran62 Here’s a cell to tell whether the project was completed by week 43: Here’s a cell to keep track of the penalty (if any) Sharon will have to pay. Note that we have assumed that the penalty applies continuously to any part of a week.
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran63 Now we create output cells to track: (a) the completion time of the whole project (B30), (b) the criticalities of the various paths (H19:H24) and (c) activities (N2:N15), and (d) whether the project took longer than 43 weeks, and what the penalty was (C30:D30).
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran66 What completion time should Sharon use, if she wants to be 90% confident? The best way to answer that is to look at the percentiles for the Project Time forecast cell:
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran67 Question 3: What is the probability of completion by week 43? We can answer that using the statistics from the “<= 43?” forecast cell, or by using the mean line on the frequency chart:
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran68 Another way would be to use the grabber on the frequency chart for the completion time:
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran69 Give an estimated probability distribution for the amount of penalties Sharon will have to pay. What is the expected value of the penalty? Here’s the frequency chart and the summary statistics:
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran70 Criticality indices for the paths:
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran71 Criticality indices for the activities:
Decision Models -- Prof. Juran72 Summary Operations Simulation Models Reliability Analysis –RANK, VLOOKUP, MIN Inventory Order Quantities –Single Product (MAX) –Multiple Products with Correlated Demand Project management –PERT Analysis