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Question;Custom Molds Inc.1. What are the process-related operational capabilities required for serving each of the two categories of products/customers ? molds and parts?In addition to citing generic competitive capabilities such as cost, quality, etc. in your answer, please justify your choice by specifying why each competitive capability that you cite applies to each of the two product/customer-category.2. What are the different process flow and process design requirements (i.e., process configurations ? line or job shop), and other operational infrastructure and structure needs (i.e., workforce, possibility of outsourcing, etc.) for making and delivering the two different categories of products ? molds and parts?3. What is apparent about the changes in the market in which Custom Molds competes? How has the mix of customers changed?Please support your answer based on your analysis of the data in the case, and/or cite the specific information from the case on the basis of which you reached your conclusions.Based on your response, how do you expect the order qualifiers and order winners for molds and parts customers to have changed?****************************************************************************Production Processes;Fabricating Molds-;Order is received;Design team reviews the;design specifications;Design team establish;final specifications for mold and give to master machinist for fabrication;Purchasing dept. is given;a copy of design specifications;Time needed to receive;orders is 3-4 weeks;After materials are rec?d;the plant master scheduler reviews master machinist?s workload and;schedules the mold for fabrication;Fabrication takes 2-4;weeks;The fabrication process;takes only 3-5 days;Upon completion, the mold;is sent to be tested and inspected;Does part meet;specifications?;Yes: the mold is passed;on to be cleaned and polished;i.;One day to inspect and test;ii.;Second day to clean and polish;No: Mold is returned to master;machinist for retooling and the;process starts over;Custom Molds has lead time;of 9 Weeks for delivery of custom-fabricated molds.;Manufacturing Process;Order is rec?d for plastic;parts in conjunction with molds fabricated;If Custom Molds has prev.;fabricated the mold and maintains it in inventory;If the mold is available;the order is reviewed by design engineer;Call customer if there are;concerns about specifications or revisions;Raw material orders are;placed into production upon acceptance of parts and specifications;Chemicals and compounds;which support plastic parts manufacturing are ordered and rec?d within a;week;Compounds are dry-mixed;and blended upon receipt;Mixture us wet-mixed;(slurred) to desired consistency for injection into the molding machines;Slurred is transferred to;the injection molding area;Mixing process takes one;day;When slurry is staged and;ready, the proper molds are secured;From inventory or clean;polish operation;Custom Molds have capacity;to produce 5K parts/day in injection-molding dept;The lead time for;handling avg one week;Upon completion of;molding, parts are sent to be cut and;trim operation;Disconnected;Leftover flashing is;removed;After inspection, parts;are assembled or transferred to packing and shipping to be shipped to the;customer;Parts shipped 2 days after being molded;Changing Enviroment;BADM 567 ? Process;Management - Team Assignment 2;1. What are the;process-related operational capabilities required for serving each of the two;categories of products/customers ? molds and parts?;In addition to citing;generic competitive capabilities such as cost, quality, etc. in your answer;please justify your choice by specifying why each competitive capability that;you cite applies to each of the two product/customer-category.;2. What are the different;process flow and process design requirements (i.e., process configurations ?;line or job shop), and other operational infrastructure and structure needs;(i.e., workforce, possibility of outsourcing, etc.) for making and delivering;the two different categories of products ? molds and parts?;3. What is apparent;about the changes in the market in which Custom Molds competes? How has the mix;of customers changed?;Please support your;answer based on your analysis of the data in the case, and/or cite the specific;information from the case on the basis of which you reached your conclusions.;Based on your response;how do you expect the order qualifiers and order winners for molds and parts;customers to have changed?

 

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