Case Study - MGT 350

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EAKAS Corporation was established on 1989 and it has more than 350 employees. It produces plastic automotive parts for a diverse clientele in the automotive industry. In order to be successful in this highly competitive sector, the company has to consistently find ways to lower manufacturing costs and maintain its profit margins. Toyota TPS, or Total Production System, is the system developed by the Toyota Corporation to manage all stages of automobile production. It is considered one of the most effective and efficient production systems in use today. So effective in fact, that it has been copied by many other industries all over the world. Implementing the TPS system will ensure that the EAKAS Corporation remains competitive for years to come.

However, there are manufacturing problems that must be solved before it can be used. Currently, the EAKAS manufacturing plant is divided in three sections: the molding, paint, and the assembly departments. The main problems EAKAS are facing are the over production of parts from molding, too many painted and assembled parts in stock, and excess inventory of raw materials and components. Additionally, the current production system suffers from sporadic quality issues and is susceptible to downtime due to machine problems. With permission from EAKAS, we examined and will offer solutions to the manufacturing problems, which when implemented, will allow the company to implement the TPS system. Concurrently, we will detail the process of designing and selecting evaluation tools, discuss the goals sought by implementing the solutions, offer techniques to use when measuring the success of the implementation, and discuss contingency planning to limit the consequences if the...