Operational Excellence

Paper Section 1: Reflection and Literature Review
Using Microsoft Word and Professional APA format, prepare a professional written paper supported with three sources of research that details what you have learned from chapters 6, 7 and 8.  This section of the paper should be a minimum of two pages. 
Paper Section 2:  Exercises and Problems
In this section of the professional paper, apply what you have learned from chapters 6, 7 and 8 to descriptively address and answer the problems below:
Important Note:  There is no specific page requirement for this section of the paper but make sure any content provided fully addresses each problem.

The Crunchy Potato Chip Company sells chips in boxes with a net weight of 30 ounces per box (850 grams). Each box contains ten individual 3-ounce packets of chips. Product design specifications call for the packet-filling process average to be set at 86.0 grams so that the average net weight per box will be 860 grams. Specification width is set for the box to weigh 850±12 grams. The standard deviation of the packet-filling process is 8.0 grams per box. The target process capability ratio is 1:33. The production manager has just learned that the packet-filling process average weight has dropped down to 85.0 grams. Is the packaging process capable? Is an adjustment needed?
The Crunchy Potato Chip Company packages potato chips in a process designed for 10.0 ounces of chips with an upper specification limit of 10.5 ounces and a lower specification limit of 9.5 ounces. The packaging process results in bags with an average net weight of 9.8 ounces and a standard deviation of 0.12 ounces. The company wants to determine if the process is capable of meeting design specifications.
Jason Carter works for a producer of soaps that come in packages of 6 each. His job is to fill the packages with soap, and he is expected to process 30 packages an hour. The facility where Jason works uses a kanban production system in which each container holds 5 packages of soap. It takes 20 minutes to receive the packages he needs from the previous workstation. How many kanbans are needed for the filling process?
A production cell at Canderberry Candle facility operates 5 hours per day and uses a pull method to supply wicks to the assembly line. The wicks are used at a rate of 300 per day. Each container holds 20 wicks and usually waits 20 minutes in the production cell. Management wants a safety stock of 10 percent. How many containers should be used at the Canderberry Candle facility for purposes of pull production?
A manufacturer of printed circuit boards uses exponential smoothing with trend to forecast monthly demand of its product. At the end of December, the company wishes to forecast sales for January. The estimate of trend through November has been 200 additional boards sold per month. Average sales have been around 1000 units per month. The demand for December was 1100 units. The company uses α = 0.20 and β = 0.10. Make a forecast including trend for the month of January.

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Paper Section 3:  Conclusions
After addressing the problems, conclude your paper with details on how you will use this knowledge and skills to support your professional and or academic goals. This section of the paper should be around one page.

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