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Cycle Time Demonstration Exercise

Cycle Time Used

Minimum Number of Stations

Efficiency

Example in Text

12

6

91.67

Variation 1

18

Variation 2

8

Variation 3

24

Instructions:

1.      After entering the basic problem, be sure you select �Given� for the Cycle Time Calculation and �12� for the Cycle Time. That is the only way that you can replicate the text problem as shown below.

2.      Once you can verify the correct answers in the shaded row below, change the cycle time and recomputed, filling in the open cells. (Instructor Note: You will have difficulty with Variation 2, Cycle time 8. You can comment on it later.)

3.      The error message when you try to calculate variation 8 could be better translated as this: �You are trying to enter a cycle time that is less than at least one activity�s minimum completion time.�

Cycle Time Demonstration Exercise

Cycle Time Used

Minimum Number of Stations

Efficiency

Example in Text

12

6

91.67

Variation 1

18

Variation 2

8

Variation 3

24

Group Work:

As a GROUP, compare your answers for the Cycle Time Demonstration Table, right.

Using the collaboration mechanism of your choice, complete the table and answer the following three questions.

Why can't you use a cycle time that is less than any one individual activity's own cycle time?

How can the limitation in your answer to "a." be changed to allow a lower cycle time?

If your answer to "b." would work, what would be the effect of the lower cycle time on the theoretical number of units that you could then produce per time period?

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