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Reference no. NAC1723
Published by: NACRA - North American Case Research Association
Published in: "The Case Research Journal", 1997
Length: 18 pages
Data source: Field research

Abstract

Forecasts for United Lock's new line of door hardware indicated that a severe capacity shortage would result if immediate action was not taken. Management had identified three capacity expansion options: (1) continue current operating practices and obtain additional production space; (2) undertake a make-versus-buy study and consider outsourcing parts; and (3) implement world class manufacturing (WCM) techniques through the adoption of focused factories. The first two options represented simple incremental changes while the third option presented a more radical alternative requiring a major reorganization of United Lock's operations and support functions.

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Abstract

Forecasts for United Lock's new line of door hardware indicated that a severe capacity shortage would result if immediate action was not taken. Management had identified three capacity expansion options: (1) continue current operating practices and obtain additional production space; (2) undertake a make-versus-buy study and consider outsourcing parts; and (3) implement world class manufacturing (WCM) techniques through the adoption of focused factories. The first two options represented simple incremental changes while the third option presented a more radical alternative requiring a major reorganization of United Lock's operations and support functions.

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