SwitchCo B: Implementing Tools and Analytics for Manufacturing Improvements

by: Eric Svaan

Publication Date: December 19, 2013
Length: 8 pages
Product ID#: 1-429-370

Core Disciplines: Operations Management/Supply Chain, Strategy & Management

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    A Tauber student intern team worked on-site in an Eestron factory. Their project was sponsored and supported by Switchco, whose new Picard product was in the early stages of ramp-up in the Eestron factory. They found that bottlenecks in the testing area and low yields in the press fit area were the major capacity constraints that threatened the pace of ramp-up for the new product line being built there.

Teaching Objectives

After reading and discussing the material, students should:

  • Scale up their view of the problem context.
  • Wrestle with the difficult issues presented by a high-technology product introduction requiring cooperation among several players (OEM, contract manufacturer, component suppliers) in a multi-node supply chain.