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Ops 571 Week 2 Essays For Scholarships

LEAN TECHNIQUES2Lean TechniquesLean manufacturing helps an organization to eliminate as much waste as possible and to deliver as much value as possible. A full evaluation of all processes must be completed to identify areas of potential waste which do not create value. While many firms can benefit from lean processes, this paper will concentrate on the furniture and reupholster sectors. In particular, American Leather, of Dallas, Texas, has successfully incorporated lean techniques to improve their manufacturing processes and increase value.American Leather’s Current Lean StrategiesAmerican Leather’s CEO, Bob Duncan, had the foresight to break the mold for traditionalmanufacturing methods in the furniture manufacturing industry. He was a visionary from the beginning of his business, a pioneer of sorts. Hans (2012) quoted Duncan as saying:Lean manufacturing was really the core differentiation of the business back when we started in 1990. Everything we do is made-to-order. We went into an industry where we were shipping three to five times faster than the industry normal, and offering a really nice level of customization. That’s what really differentiated the company. (para. 2)It is easy to see Duncan saw the value of delivering a product in a quick and timely manner, something not considered normal in the industry. At the company’s inception, the industry standard was that a customer could expect a wait time of ten to twelve weeks for delivery. Duncan’s target is less than three weeks from order to finished product (Hans, 2012).Duncan’s approach was the opposite of the rest of the industry. He capitalized on a niche market in which he understood how the lean process would directly apply. Specifically, his product would use minimal inventory of raw material, work-in-progress, and finished goods (Jacobs & Chase, 2014). His processes included measuring and sewing pieces together for a precision fit over the furniture piece’s frame. Although this required extra engineering effort

OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT ANALYSIS AND IMPLEMENTATION PLAN“Packaging Corp. of America (PCA) is one of the largest producers of containerboard andcorrugated packaging products in the U.S.” (Packaging Corporation of America, 2016) PCA offers consumers wide-ranging capability and economies of scale with several plant locations. The company has 120 facilities and 93 manufacturing location. They are the fourth largest containerboard producer in the United States and third largest freesheet producer in North America. PCA has approximately 13,000 employees, with operations primarily in the United States. In 2015, PCA produced about 3.7 million tons of containerboard and shipped about 48.9 billion square feet (BSF) of corrugated products. The purpose of this paper is to choose a company and “analysis the supply chain and changing eco-system in an effort to develop a lean value chain that fosters innovation and growth.”The product of Packaging Corp. of America (PCA) is a “variation of the traditional brown Kraft corrugated boxes, as well as high-graphics packaging and creative high-impact displays.” (Packaging Corporation of America, 2016) The company packages everything from kitchen sinks to auto parts to watermelons. PCA’s service is to design packaging solution as well as try to reduce materials consumed, reduce your costs, and carbon footprint.It has been identified that the management and quality processes at Packaging Corp. of America (PCA) needs to be evaluated and assessed for improvements. Quality processes has been identified as potential risk that causes increased overall cost. Inputs in the Quality and