You are one of the first engineers hired into the manufacturing engineering department at a brand new facility for producing aircraft engine controls. Your department is responsible for selecting, justifying, and installing all equipment for the factory.

You are one of the first engineers hired into the manufacturing
engineering department at a brand new facility for producing
aircraft engine controls. Your department is responsible for
selecting, justifying, and installing all equipment for the
factory. Most of the production equipment is being transferred up
from the old facility in Fairfield, about a 3-hour drive away. The
first production line has just been installed, and 8 more will be
implemented over the next few months. When fully operational,
approximately 700 production personnel will be employed on the
factory floor. Most of your time is being spent on the shop floor
learning about the equipment and trying to help with the
installation process.
Right now most of the office cubicles are empty, but more people
are being hired and transferring in from the main plant every week.
Around 100 support personnel in operations management, quality
engineering, manufacturing engineering, computer information
systems, finance, purchasing, and human resources will have cubicle
offices in a very large open area. Managers of each of the
departments have already arrived. A separate design engineering
liaison office will have approximately 20 personnel. The plant
manager has a separate office suite.
Since the manufacturing engineering department is responsible
for selecting and justifying all new equipment, it is being tasked
with selecting and justifying the copy machines for the new office.
For the transition period, two small copiers were purchased, one
for the plant manager’s office and another for receiving
inspection. A few small copy Cases in Engineering Economy 2nd by
Peterson & Eschenbach 54 machines were rented and placed around
the office area, but now a decision must be made on equipment for
full plant operation.
The manufacturing engineering manager has selected you for this
project. In giving you this assignment, she tells you that she
understands that it is not a very exciting piece of equipment for
your first justification project. She explains that the task is a
very important one, and it will give you the opportunity to meet
personnel in all the other departments. It will also help you learn
the steps of the machine selection and implementation process. The
phone rings about then, and the manager is called to the shop floor
to decide what to do with a machine that was damaged in transit. As
she leaves, she asks you to start talking to people about their
needs and to outline the steps you think would need to be taken to
get this project done. She says she will review the outline with
you tomorrow. You should consider the following in preparing your
outline:
1. How would you find out what the needs are for copy
machines?
2. What are the project’s objectives? Would different people in
the office have different objectives? Are any of these objectives
conflicting?
3. How can you find out what type of equipment is available and
what it costs?
4. What additional considerations would you have to make in
deciding on equipment and where to physically locate it?
5. How will you develop, evaluate, and compare alternatives?
6. Who do you think would have to approve your proposal?
7. How do you think an order would actually get placed for the
equipment?
8. What steps might need to be taken before the equipment
actually arrives to prepare for installation?
9. When should you follow-up to see that the equipment is
meeting the needs?
10. How do the defined steps fit into the framework of the
engineering design process? Where do the tools of an economic
analysis fit in?

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