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Question;Unit 10 [MT435:Operations Management];Page 1 of 8;Assignment Details and Rubric;Unit 10 Assignment: Case Study 3;Written Assignment;As a representative and consultant for KU Consulting firm your task is;to use your expertise in;Operations Management to assist Albatross Anchor.;Write a report answering all the questions posed regarding the case;study of Albatross Anchor.;Demonstrate your understanding of course content by using concepts and;principles from your;textbook and from academic quality research to solve these challenges.;All necessary materials for these Assignments are available below as;well as in Doc Sharing.;Submit your Written Assignment by the end of Unit 10 to the "Unit;10 Assignment" Dropbox. For;help on accessing the Dropbox, see the Dropbox Guide link located in the;Academic Tools tab.;Question 1;Refer to the Albatross Anchor scenario/case study. Make recommendations;for at least four of the;following challenges;List of challenges;(a) Time management;(b) Cost management;(c) Quality management;(d) Performance management;(e) Enterprise project management;(f) Technology adoption;(g) Supply chain management;(h) Distribution management;Question 2;As the consultant for KU Consulting, you have been authorized to change;the existing facility (limited;construction budget) and/or refine the process flow of the manufacturing;area. All changes must be Unit 10 [MT435:Operations Management];Page 2 of 8;completed within a 60-day window with the majority of the changes;happening at night when the plant;is idle or on the weekend when the plant is idle.;(a) List and detail the proposed changes and/or alterations. Please;explain why you chose what you;chose, give the rationale behind your choices and finally, substantiate;your work.;(b) List and detail three implications and three complications that may;occur as a result of the;recommended changes. Remember activities in one area of the facility may;have an impact on other;areas of the facility.;(c) Create a Gantt chart showing a timeline for when the different;changes proposed should be made;detailing which changes may overlap and showing how long each change;will take to institute.;Provide information to support your decisions and to explain your;choices as shown in the Gantt;chart.;MT435 Unit 10 Assignment: Albatross Anchors Case Study 3;Content (50%) 30 pts. (4 Full Pages of Content);Points;Possible;Points;Earned;For Question 1;Select four operational challenges (select 4 of the 8;items listed) and make recommendations for each;selected item as they relate to the case study.;10;For Question 2;List and detail proposed changes and/or alterations.;List and detail three potential implications.;List and detail three potential complications.;10Unit 10 [MT435:Operations Management];Page 3 of 8;Create an example of a Gantt chart supporting your;decisions and proposed timeline.;Template Used Appropriately. 10;Analysis (30%) 18 pts.;Work demonstrates synthesis of concepts, research;and experience. 6;Work demonstrates the student?s ability to tie relevant;information to real life applications. 6;Analysis exceeds basic comprehension to;demonstrate higher order thinking. 6;Writing (20%) 12 pts.;Correct use of APA 6th edition format, all sources used;to support the paper are referenced, 4 references;minimum;4;Sentences are clear, concise, and direct, tone is;appropriate 4;Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are correct 4;Total 60Unit 10 [MT435:Operations Management];Page 4 of 8;Case Study 3;KU Consulting;KU Consulting has been asked to bid on a large consulting job with;Albatross Anchor. In;order to win the contract for this consulting job a well written;logical, and highly;organized proposal must be written. It is your task/challenge to write;the proposal for;re-vamping Albatross Anchors Operations systems so that KU Consulting;may win the;$50,000 contract.;Using the mandatory template (found in Doc Sharing) prepare your;proposal by;answering (in detail) all of the questions posed below.;Your answers must demonstrate your understanding of the;concepts and principles identified within the textbook;course information, and activities, but also from;independent academic quality research to solve these;challenges.;While it is acceptable to use the textbook as foundational;material you must conduct independent research, as well;using the Kaplan virtual library and the Internet to find;information that supports your findings and conclusions. A;minimum of four academic resources, in addition to;the textbook, is required for each section of the proposal.;Please note: Quotations should make up no more;than 10% of your proposal.;Requirements for successful completion of each section of the proposal;include;? Prepared using the mandatory template for each;section of the proposal (the;templates for each section can be found in Doc Sharing of this virtual;classroom).;Failure to use the mandatory template will result in an automatic;reduction of one;grade level.;? Proposal Cover Page;? APA style reference page.;? The body of the paper must be 4 full pages long;(this does not include the cover or;reference pages).;? Body of the paper must be double-spaced (this;includes spacing between Unit 10 [MT435:Operations Management];Page 5 of 8;paragraphs and before/after headings).;? One inch margins on all four sides of the page.;? Times New Roman 12-font only.;? Indent the first sentence of each new paragraph? inch (this;is already set in MS;Word as the first ?Tab? setting?);? Grammatically and mechanically sound.;? Introductory and concluding paragraph(s).;? A minimum of four academic quality research;sources in addition to the textbook).;? Citations, within the body of the paper;identifying source materials, and in APA;format are required along with corresponding reference page listings.;The following documents are in Doc Sharing.;? MT435 Case Study 3.pdf;? MT435 Case Study 3 Template.doc (Template is required);Please note*;1. Do not use Wikipedia, wikis,,, online;dictionaries, or online;encyclopedias for this project. As a senior level student you are;responsible for;independent research and for veracity of source.;2. A search engine is not a source but a tool used to find a resource.;For information;on APA referencing of Internet-based information use the information on;APA;formatting contained within the Kaplan Writing Center for more;information or you;may use the Kaplan Guide to Successful Writing that is located in the;Doc Sharing;area of this virtual classroom.Unit 10 [MT435:Operations Management];Page 6 of 8;Albatross Anchor Case Study 3 (Note: This is not a real company);Introduction;Albatross Anchor is a small family owned business that began in 1976;with four family;members. Albatross anchor has grown exponentially and now employs 130;people. This;one location/facility is situated on 12 acres located in a rural suburb;of Smalltown, USA;(Please note* the building and facilities for Albatross Anchor are;landlocked).;The plant* and the administrative offices are located in the same;building.;(*Note: The plant includes: manufacturing, the shipping department, the;receiving department, raw materials;storage, finished product storage, and the foundry).;The administrative offices are in the front of the building and the;plant is located directly;behind the administrative offices (see diagram). The administrative;offices have issues;because they are somewhat shabby, disorganized, and run inefficiently.;The plant is antiquated, worn, dirty, and technology-deprived and it no;longer meets all;U.S. safety and environmental standards.;The owners of this small business have added on various processes as;needs arose;within the limited space of the plant. When Albatross Anchor first;opened its doors their;expertise was in the manufacturing of bell/mushroom anchors (using a;foundry process).;In 1989, in response to international competition, the owners of;Albatross Anchor made;the decision to expand the product line to include fabricated snag hook;anchors.;Customers;Albatross Anchor is a manufacturing factory that sells only at the;wholesale level.;Albatross Anchors sales their products in two ways;(01) Distributors that act as the middleman. The distributor accepts;bulk delivery;of anchors at their large distribution centers. At the distribution;center the bulk;shipment of anchors is broken up into smaller batches and shipped to;individual;retail locations.;(02) OEM customers that purchase anchors in large batches to be used as;a;component in the manufacture of boats.;Albatross Anchor does not sell retail. They are strictly a wholesale;organization.Unit 10 [MT435:Operations Management];Page 7 of 8;Products;The bell anchor is manufactured primarily through a foundry process in;which ore is;transformed into a liquid state and then poured into molds as part of;the production;process. The bell anchor is used primarily by freshwater marine craft.;The snag hook anchor is fabricated through the bending and welding of;iron rods and flat;iron into a hook design. The hook design is best when used in saltwater.;This hook design;snags bedrock and seaweed which holds the marine craft at anchor. The;snag hook;anchor is used primarily for small to medium sized saltwater marine;craft.;Each anchor is produced in multiple sizes to accommodate the type of;watercraft, the;size of the watercraft and the place where the anchor will be used;(saltwater or;freshwater).;Manufacturing;Each anchor type requires its own unique equipment and manufacturing;process. Yet;both manufacturing areas share the same shipping area, receiving area;warehouse;area, and administration offices.;The manufacturing area of the plant has had to change to accommodate the;manufacture of the two separate types of anchors. As each anchor;requires its own;manufacturing challenges the manufacturing line must be completely;changed over each;time the anchor type is changed. The time to switch over from one;manufacturing;process/operation to the other manufacturing process/operation is 36;hours.;The plant space is at a premium and warehousing space for raw materials;and finished;product is limited and located at the far south end of the building.;Plant antiquation and safety issues result in small batch production;only. As a result of;this limitation, lead time for exceptionally large bulk orders is 3 to 4;weeks.;Costs;Current manufacturing costs are $8.00 per pound for mushroom/bell;anchors and;$11.00 per pound for snag hook anchors. Albatross Anchor charges the;same per unit as;their competitors. However, the profit margin can sometimes be as much;as 35% less;(on some of the anchors) because of operations inefficiencies.;Shipping challenges;Outgoing freight;Product size, bulk, and weight and maximum load limits require that the;anchors be;shipped by large truck, rail, or large ocean-going freighter. Domestic;orders are usually Unit 10 [MT435:Operations Management];Page 8 of 8;shipped by large truck. International orders are shipped by rail and;ultimately by large;ocean-going freighters. These are the only two methods of product;shipment.;Incoming freight;Receipt of raw materials is by rail. Prior to the sale of anchors into;the international;market all shipments of finished product went out completely by truck;and therefore all;shipping activities were limited to the east side of the building.;Now, because of the limitation of shipping product into the;international marketplace, all;product shipments for international delivery go out of the receiving;dock for the initial;leg of shipment by rail. Prior to expansion into the international;marketplace shipping;had been limited to the shipping department and receiving was limited to;the receiving;area. However, with this change in international shipping the receiving;area must now;do double duty ? shipping of international orders as well as receipt of;all incoming raw;materials.;Please view the below representation of the current building/facility;set up.a


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