Essay about Mt435-Unit 6 Albatross Anchor

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Unit six Written Assignment

Albatross Anchor Operational Changes

Farima Thomas

MT435 Operations Management

Kaplan University

12/17/2012

Albatross Anchor Operational Changes

Introduction

Albatross Anchors is a small family owned business that began in 1976. The company has grown exponentially over the years with more than one hundred and thirty employees. As the company grew, their operational issues in the production and administrative area grew as well. The organization has been faced with a lack of updated technology, out dated equipment, an inefficient layout which violates the U.S. safety and environmental standards, and a disorganized administration office. Therefore, production is not running smoothly,
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They need to expand their storage area for finished products and raw materials rather than moving the product back and forth which is very costly. Short-Term Operational Changes
(01) Environment and Safety: The poor set up of the building is very inconvenient and unsafe for the workers. Although, the receiving area is appropriately located in relation to the raw material reception point but the storage area is inappropriately located because after reception the raw materials have to be moved into the storage area, which is at the far end in which they have to move the material across the manufacturing area. This is a waste of time, labor and is costly. They need to move the raw material storage area next to the reception area to avoid having to take it through the manufacturing area. This would lessen interruptions during manufacturing and enhance convenience. Also, the storage area of finished products should be located near the transport point from which inventory is dispatched for transport. Albatross Anchor must update US safety and environmental standards immediately. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (2011), the compliance and enforcement division releases the average annual fines collected by the EPA throughout the year. It is imperative that Albatross Anchor update the environmental standards of the plant to bring them up to code. The 2011 annual fees for the EPA as of December 8,

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