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Title: CUSTOM MOLDS INC.


1
CUSTOM MOLDS INC.
  • CASE STUDY 1
  • MSC 303.103
  • MAY 21, 2001
  • TEAM 2 Kristin Harvin, Jung Lee, Andrea Price,
    Kadek Santi

2
Description
  • Established father-son business
  • began with focus on molds and later expanded into
    the production of plastic parts
  • has traditionally focused on quality, design of
    both molds and parts, mass production as well as
    customization
  • total order numbers have remained the same, but
    clients needs have shifted

3
Issues
  • Changing strategies within their clients
    businesses changed order needs in an unexpected
    way
  • total time from order placement to receipt by
    customer is much longer than promised
  • more and more products defective
  • bottlenecks in production
  • cant predict where, when, why

4
Analysis
  • Many issues are the result of general
    inefficiency in several departments
  • offices design conceptualization taking too
    long, ideas go back and forth between engineers
    and managers and customers far too much
  • mold fabrication needs have changed need to
    make very small batches of many different
    designs, necessitating more runs on different
    settings (flexible flow strategy)

5
Analysis (cont.)
  • Parts fabrication (injection, assembly) needs to
    make large batches of the same design,
    necessitating fewer (longer) runs on the same
    settings (line flow strategy)
  • testing could probably be more efficient in
    terms of time spent, and there are too many
    defects
  • receiving, mixing, and shipping not apparently a
    problem do not account for much time spent on
    project

6
Recommendations
  • In mold fabrication focus on many,
    small-capacity, specialized machines with more
    workers to oversee settings
  • in parts fabrication (injection, assembly,
    cutting trimming) focus on few, large capacity
    specialized machines with fewer workers, as there
    are few settings-changes to oversee

7
Recommendations (cont.)
  • Move testing area to more central location for
    more time-efficient movement of goods back and
    forth and increased, easier communication between
    testers and office and manufacturing areas so
    that problems that caused defects can be quickly
    recognized and fixed.

8
Recommendations (cont.)
  • Office
  • make order placement based on ability to complete
    product requested in time promised (through
    communication with other departments)
  • coordinate inter-department communication in
    design development with more efficient process
    (not so much back and forth) CUT TIME SPENT IN
    HALF

9
Recommendations (cont.)
  • Form position to study market so that customers
    needs can be identified and predicted use to
    determine needs of facility and human resources
  • focus on overall efficiency in terms of process,
    movement, inter-department communication
  • evaluate effects of proposed changes on company
    finances, figuring ROI

10
Recommendation Alternative
  • Analyze market and decide, based on the changes
    in the needs of the market, whether to focus on
    parts OR molds
  • proceed with applicable recommendations made
    previously

11
Textbook Question 1
  • What are the major issues facing Tom and Mason
    Miller?
  • See slides concerning Issues

12
Textbook Question 2
  • Identify the individual processes on a flow
    diagram. What are the competitive priorities for
    these processes and the changing nature of the
    industry?
  • See flow diagram for all information

13
Textbook Question 3
  • What alternative might the Millers pursue? What
    key factors should they consider as they evaluate
    these alternatives?
  • They should consider alternatives as described in
    Recommendations while always considering the
    needs of the market and the effect the changes
    will have on finances, including the ROI
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