Operations Management: Factors behind Increased Cookie Production

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The company mass produces cookies through an assembly-line method utilizing computers that regulate the computations, measuring and mixing of the bulk products. This methodology allows for an assembly line of cookies to be measured, cut, cooked, cooled and then individually packaged for distribution. The process begins by looking at the day's on-hand orders, then forecasting specific numbers of cookies to be created in order to fulfill those orders. Even forecasting takes places with supplied numbers, it is still important to forecast the correct numbers of cookies to fulfill those orders. As William Stevenson so astutely states in his book Operations Management, "forecasts are basic inputs for many kinds of decisions in business organizations" (Stevenson, 2009, p. 79). Using the numbers forecast by the orders, the information is entered into the computer, which then figures the amount of bulk materials needed and orders them into the mixing room from the silos containing the various ingredients. Once the cookie dough is mixed correctly, the cookies are cut using automation, place in rows upon the assembly line, sent through the oven, and then through the cooling coils. Once the cookies have cooled, individual employees package them for distribution.
2. One method for increased cookie production was through the use of additional oven space to cook the dough. The 25 additional feet of cooking allowed for additional (longer) cooking time for each…
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