A company produces two very similar products that go through a three-step sequence of fabrication, assembly, and packaging. Each step requires one day for a lot to be completely processed and moved to the next department. Processing requirements for the departments (hours per unit) are
Department capacities are all 700 hours of labor and 500 hours of machine time, except Friday, when capacities are 200 hours for both labor and machine time. The following production schedule is for next week:
a. Determine the labor and machine capacity requirements for each product and the total load for each department for each day. Ignore changeover time.
b. Evaluate the projected loading for the first three days of the week. Is the schedule feasible? What do you suggest for balancing the load?