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Stanford University Graduate School of Business September 2007 Written by Sunil Kumar and Samuel C. Wood, both Assistant Professors at the Stanford University Graduate
 

Summary: Stanford University Graduate School of Business September 2007
Written by Sunil Kumar and Samuel C. Wood, both Assistant Professors at the Stanford University Graduate
School of Business. Copyright 1998. No part of this document may be reproduced without permission from
Responsive Learning Technologies, Inc., at info@responsive.net.
Littlefield Technologies: Overview
Introduction
Littlefield Technologies is a job shop which assembles Digital Satellite System receivers.
These receivers are assembled from kits of electronic components procured from a single
supplier. The assembly process consists of four steps carried out at 3 stations called board
stuffing, testing and tuning. The first step consists of mounting the components onto PC
Boards and soldering them. This is done at the board stuffing station. The digital compo-
nents are then briefly tested at the testing station in step 2. In the third step, key compo-
nents are tuned at the tuning station. Finally, the boards are exhaustively "final tested" in
step 4 at the testing station before delivery to the customer. Every receiver passes final
test.
All the stations consist of automated machines which perform the operations. You may
purchase additional machines during the assignment. Board Stuffing machines cost
$90,000, testers cost $80,000, and tuning machines cost $100,000. You can also sell any
machine at a retirement price of $10,000, provided there is at least one other machine left
at that station. The operators are paid a fixed salary, and increasing the number of

  

Source: Ayhan, Hayriye - School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

 

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