Guidelines For In-Class Discussion Of Tours:



  1. Describe the process.



2.      Identify key production planning considerations (what, when and how much of each to produce, methods of dealing with short/long term changes in capacity demand).



  1. Identify potential bottlenecks (use process flow diagram) and discuss possible methods of breaking them.



  1. Point out any special considerations that should be accorded to managing the workforce.



  1. Identify significant issues pertaining to materials management within the process (i.e. inventory management, supplier selection, etc.)



  1. Discuss the significant aspects of quality control as they relate to this process.



  1. How is this industry likely to be affected by technological change?



  1. To what degree does vertical integration exist?  What potential is there to vertically integrate further?

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