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A Brief Note on the Toyota Production System
What is the Toyota Production System (TPS), and why do so many organizations study and put into practice the principles of the system?This note introduces business students to the TPS…
Publication Date: 09/24/2013 Product ID: 1-429-245
A Taxonomy of Process Types
This note describes the spectrum of process types, focusing on two pure cases in detail, flow shops, and job shops. Specifically it describes characteristics, operations, and opportunities for competitive advantage,…
Publication Date: 05/24/2010 Product ID: 1-429-083
Alexander & Thurston Inventory Management
The president and CEO of Alexander & Thurston has expressed the opinion that there is too much spare-parts inventory in the system. He believes that, through better inventory management, inventory…
Publication Date: 11/16/2012 Product ID: 1-429-293
Autoprime Corporation
The case describes the frustrating experiences of Alice Reinhart who is hired by Autoprime as a production foreman to help their Ohio manufacturing plant transition to Just-in-Time (JIT) production. More…
Publication Date: 12/03/2010 Product ID: 1-429-131
Boeing: The Fight for Fasteners
Boeing originally was scheduled to deliver the Dreamliner to airline customers in mid-2008. However, after five announced delays over two years, the company was forced to postpone the first test…
Publication Date: 11/17/2009 Product ID: 1-428-787
Capacity Management at the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at St. Mary’s Hospital
This case explores the capacity management challenges facing the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at St. Mary’s Hospital. Recent increases in the number of patients have led to a demand for…
Publication Date: 11/06/2008 Product ID: 1-428-724
Creative Calligraphy Invitations: A Process Analysis
You and your roommate are launching a calligraphy business out of your two-bedroom apartment. Will this business be profitable? That is the question students evaluate with “Creative Calligraphy Invitations (CCI).”…
Publication Date: 11/20/2009 Product ID: 1-428-837
EMMICO: How to Establish Economic Order Quantity
EMMICO has just acquired Franz Kuerten and is trying to integrate its Vienna plant operations. The problem is the company is storing too much inventory at the plant and its…
Publication Date: 08/15/2016 Product ID: 1-430-490
EMMICO: How to Improve Inventory Turns
EMMICO has just acquired one of its suppliers and is rapidly shedding employees as it goes about trying to integrate the companies and the supplier’s legacy system. The organization has…
Publication Date: 08/15/2016 Product ID: 1-430-486
Fast-Tracking Friction Plate Validation Testing: BorgWarner Improves Efficiency with Machine Learning Methodology
This case describes the process BorgWarner Transmission Systems undertook when an increase in demand required that it create new production lines in another country. To minimize inventory costs, the company…
Publication Date: 09/05/2017 Product ID: 1-430-500
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