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Marcellus, Richard L.

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

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Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering


Currently the job/batch production in Libertyville, IL has a dilemma with cell phones disappearing during production runs. In my fa112003 case study, Evaluation of Motorola's Relocation, I showed that an improved process layout did not improve the manufacturing department's efficiency enough to validate implementing that improvement. With the goal to recommend an improvement to the current process, while eliminating the disappearing radio dilemma, I am altering the layout of the manufacturing department from a process layout to a group layout. One of the key elements in this procedure was to keep the flexibility of this imposed layout equal to that of the current layout, because the production levels in Libertyville are of batch style. The group layout was incorporated to increase the productivity of the proposed layout and to reduce the risk of disappearing phones, by reducing material handling. The decision making process in this consulting project was decision analysis with emphasis in determining the indifference benefit necessary to implement the process layout alternative. The indifference benefit is an original concept based off ofthe decision analysis concept of indifferences.


Includes bibliographical references.


16 pages




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