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Onsite Seminar

Material Management & Inventory Control

Supplier Capacity Evaluation

You Will Learn
  • How to evaluate your suppliers' capacity and the impacts of it
  • What the three alternative types of capacity are
  • How to measure and forecast capacity and its correlation to demand
  • How economies of scale affect capacity strategy
  • What the decision-making process is regarding capacity
  • How maintenance affects capacity and production
Course Outline
  1. Capacity: What is it and why do we need to understand our supplier capacity?
  2. The impacts of capacity: Materials, purchasing, operations, and customer
  3. Understanding your supplier's capacity: Worker's capabilities, equipment throughput, cycle-time efficiencies, and their current and future demand
  4. Three alternative types of capacity: Long-term, current, eroded, and graphic profile
  5. Measuring capacity: Why measure it, how it correlates to demand, how to analyze and forecast it, and how to develop a capacity matrix
  6. Economies of scale: Facility size and spreading fixed cost, focused factories, and capacity strategies
  7. Systematic approach to capacity decisions: Four-step decision process, estimating capacity, identifying gaps, and developing and evaluating alternative plans
  8. Varying maintenance intensity: Preventative maintenance, early replacement, operator involvement, maintenance capabilities, redundancy, and inventory
  9. Situational concern
Who Should Attend

Purchasing, inventory, supply, operations and manufacturing managers who want to understand the impacts of suppliers' capacity, how to measure it, and how to better evaluate capacity needs.