Workload Balancing Essay

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Workload Balancing

Managerial Report

Perform an analysis for Digital Imaging in order to determine how many units of each printer to produce. Prepare a report to DI’s president presenting your findings and recommendations. Include (but do not limit your discussion to) a consideration of the following:

Printer | Variable | Profit | Line 1 Assembly (mins) | Line 2 Packaging (mins) | mins available per day | D1-910 | "X91" | $42 | 3 | 4 | 480 | D1-950 | "X95" | $87 | 6 | 2 | 480 |

1. The recommended number of units of each printer to produce to maximize the total contribution to profit for an 8-hour shift. What reasons might management have for not implementing your recommendation?

To maximize profit with the time
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Does the solution you developed in part (2) balance the total time spent on line L and the total time spent on line 2? Why might this balance or lack of it be a concern to management?

While although the strategy employed in part (2) provides for more ‘balance’ between line times than in part (1), it lowers profitability and still creates a time imbalance of 160 minutes. This would create issues with cost accounting, staffing, and scheduling.

4. Management requested an expansion of the model in part (2) that would provide a better balance between the total time on line I and the total time on line 2. Management wants to limit the difference between the total time on line 1 and the total time on line 2 to 30 minutes or less. If the objective is still to maximize the total contribution to profit, how many units of each printer should be produced? What effect does this workload balancing have on total profit in part (2)?

To better balance production times between the assembly line and packaging line, a new constraint was added to limit the difference between the two times. Effectively, the new strategy would require the time from line 2 subtracted from line 1 to be

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