Spring 2008 Bayfield Mud Company

Case Study Group Project

William Enlow Kyle Johnson Jonathan Krigbaum University of Minnesota; Crookston
Spring 2008

2 51.8 50.8 52.8 49.0 52.3 50.0 48.4 50.7 51.1 4.6 49.6 7.2 50.7 51.1 50.5 48.2 46.6 44.0 50.4 2.9 Range Smallest 48.8 49.3 52.1 1.8 48.4 51.1 3.6 46.2 2.6 49.4 49.1 48.0 4.6 Range Mean of the Mean 49.2 52.0 49.3 3.6 50.8 52.8 4.9 50.0 2.0 3.7 55.1 49.M.4 49.6 50.8 Largest 50.5 Operations Management Instructor: Dr.2 55.6 50.2 49.3 2.6 4.6 3.3 51.0 48.1 49.2 3.9 51.7 49.4 48.M.0 49. Page 2 .3 48.2 3.6 49.0 50.8 Mean of the Range 3.4 50.6 50.8 1. Day III 48.6 4.0 49.0 52.0 50.2 48.4 53.0 44.2 49.8 49.9 3.2 50.0 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 NOON Day II 48.6 2.1 4.0 51.4 51.2 54.6 50.Spring 2008 Shift 1 BAYFIELD MUD COMPANY Average Weight Time 6 A.0 48.7 50.7 47.4 47.2 4.1 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 NOON 1 P. 7 8 9 10 11 12 NOON Shift 1 Day I (pounds) 49.8 52.6 3.4 45.7 51.2 3.

Page 3 .8 LCL Shift 1 54 52 Range 50 48 CL 46 44 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 UCL LCL R = 2 CL = 3.8 = 48.6 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 Range CL UCL LCL Operations Management Instructor: Dr.2 56 BAYFIELD MUD COMPANY UCL = 51.4 R = 10.4 CL = 49.6 UCL = 5.Spring 2008 X = 49.6 LCL = 1.

6 47.8 49.6 53.8 50.4 4.9 49.1 45.3 5.0 49.1 41.3 44.2 49.0 50.5 6.6 51.2 44.8 51.8 46.0 48.6 4.0 46.0 51.6 51.7 48.0 47.7 5.Spring 2008 BAYFIELD MUD COMPANY Shift II Average Weight Time 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Evening III Evening II Shift II Evening I (pounds) 49.7 50.2 48.4 4.6 3.7 48.3 51.6 50.9 49.4 Range Smallest 46.5 5.3 2.7 48.2 50.0 44.0 1.4 46.4 47.6 3.4 51.5 5.0 51.2 5.8 46.8 52. Page 4 .0 50.2 46.6 47.8 50.8 49.6 2.0 5.2 52.2 41 Mean of the Mean 48.7 55.5 4.0 47.7 2.2 51.2 45.2 44.0 49.6 2.7 50.5 49.2 48.2 50.0 49.9 Mean of the Range Largest 50.8 50.0 44.6 49.4 48.4 46.3 Range Operations Management Instructor: Dr.9 51.9 10.8 50.7 55.4 48.7 4.0 2.0 48.6 4.4 51.6 4.4 47.5 55.6 2.3 54.5 5.4 47.2 49.0 48.

Spring 2008 BAYFIELD MUD COMPANY X = 48.8 LCL = 2 CL 6 4 Range 2 0 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 UCL LCL Operations Management Instructor: Dr.6 55 UCL = 51.6 CL = 48.9 LCL = 46. Page 5 .4 CL = 4.2 R = 14.4 12 10 8 UCL = 6.9 Shift 2 53 51 49 47 45 43 41 39 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 Range CL UCL LCL R = 4.

2 47.1 45.6 2.0 48.6 47.5 49.3 45.4 49.6 50.7 49.2 45.1 Mean of the Mean 48.0 46.9 3.6 2.1 46.8 5.4 47.8 49.7 50.0 50.3 44.5 Range Smallest 46.4 48.6 49.0 44.7 52.2 48.0 50.Spring 2008 BAYFIELD MUD COMPANY Shift III Average Weight Time 10 11 12 MIDNIGHT 1 A.2 48.6 4.4 46.1 47.4 48.0 51.2 49.2 49.4 5.M.4 Operations Management Instructor: Dr.3 44.2 50.5 3.0 48.2 0.6 50.6 3.5 50.8 50.6 47.4 50.7 50.4 47.6 51.6 1.4 47.8 47.5 4.2 5.0 48.2 48.M.5 3.0 47.2 47.0 50.4 44.3 3.2 1.0 49.1 46.7 50.2 49. 2 3 4 10 11 12 MIDNIGHT 1 A.4 3. 2 3 4 10 11 12 MIDNIGHT 1 A.0 2.9 52.6 51.2 49.0 49.2 48.1 48.M.2 46.6 3.2 4. Page 6 .5 51.8 2.8 49.8 3.4 51.8 2.8 4.8 49.0 49.0 50.0 50. 2 3 4 5 Night III Night II Shift III Night I (pounds) 49.2 50.5 47.1 49.6 49.2 Range 4.0 1.2 3.7 Mean of the Range Largest 50.

4 CL = 49.8 48.8 Operations Management Instructor: Dr. Page 7 .Spring 2008 BAYFIELD MUD COMPANY X 53 = 49.4 LCL = 2 UCL = 6.4 CL = 4.2 UCL = 51.8 R = 10.4 LCL = Shift 3 52 51 Range 50 49 LCL 48 47 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 CL UCL R = 4.

can be put into place to better produce a stable size bag for the customer. ranges and upper and lower control limits have been out of control. The averages were taken from 24 samples per Several procedures hour over this three day period. What procedures would you recommend to maintain proper quality control? a. operators. These procedures can be broken down into three distinct areas: mechanical. The calculations were taken from all three shifts over a three day period. and palletizing.Spring 2008 6 5 4 BAYFIELD MUD COMPANY CL 3 2 1 0 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 UCL LCL Range 2. Operations Management Instructor: Dr. Page 8 . It does seem based on the calculations that the average weights. This also does not seem to be secluded to one shift or the other.

ii. This procedure should include a recording of the sample weights for quality review. and cleaning of the equipment. These procedures will also help in preventing any prolonged downtime the equipment may encounter due to failed inspection and repair of failing parts.Spring 2008 BAYFIELD MUD COMPANY i. Operator procedures should also be put into place for consistent product to be produced. This can be done by having the equipment checked on a routine basis for fatigued or broken parts. Mechanical procedures should be put into place that will insure the proper functioning of the equipment to produce bags of a consistent weight. There needs to be procedures for sample weighing of the bags to determine if the weightfeeder needs to be modified. preventative maintenance. All equipment that has rolling or moving parts should be checked for bearing malfunction or greasing of friction points. Lastly the machine should be regularly checked for misalignment of parts or sensors that would change the weights of the bags or indicate an incorrect weight. The machine should be cleaned of buildup material that gets left by the general operation of the equipment. All operators should be trained in the bagging and loading of the products to ensure a consistent product. Page 9 . This will help all Operations Management Instructor: Dr.

Operations Management Instructor: Dr.Spring 2008 BAYFIELD MUD COMPANY operators understand the importance of the weights being consistent. A pallet with a certain number of bags should also have upper and lower control limits to be identified. Palletizing and loading of the product is just as important as the others. This will ensure that any one shift will have an ample amount of trained operators. shipping area should be correct don t ship it. This is a great time to have a last quality check of the bag weights before shipment to customers. If a full pallet is outside these control limits a determination should be made as to the cause. iii. Employees should be trained in this area also. Page 10 . There should also be in place an incentive for seasoned employees to work on the second and third shifts in the form of an hourly premium. The motto at the if it doesn t weight All employees should understand what happens to the customer when the bags don t weight what they should. Pallets can be broken or of a low quality and not perform the function of holding the bags like they are meant to. This last quality measure will ensure that a client like Wet-Land will not receive a product that is of less use or more costly for them to use.

Spring 2008 BAYFIELD MUD COMPANY Operations Management Instructor: Dr. Page 11 .

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