National Cranberry Corporation

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1. Develop a process flow diagram for processing cranberries (both wet and dry). Show the capacities at the different stages.

No Yes

5 Dumpsters 3000 bbls/hr

4000 bbls 1200 bbls 2000 bbls

3 units 4500 bbls/hr Dry 3 units Wet 4500 bbls/hr

3 units 450 to 600 bbls/hr 1200 bbls/hr

Term Papers and Free Essays 3 units 4 units 2 units 667 bbls/hr 800 bbls/hr 2000 bbls/hr

2. What are the sources of variability affecting NCC's operations?
NCC is influenced by a number of possible variables. As mentioned the in the case, the trucks arrive to the Receiving Pant 1 randomly. In harvest-season day, the growers pick and transit berries to NCC randomly. As the number of berries being collected per day varies, the number of trucks that come to plant to dump them varies as well. The ratio of wet to dry harvested berries received significantly influences the whole operating cycle as the processing flow and capacities at each step is different for wet and dry berries. It is important to note that some of the processes are the same for both types of berries. As drying process is the bottleneck in the overall end to end process, the number of delivered / dumped wet harvested berries will increase the waiting time for trucks. Another variability exists in the grading process. As berries are graded on the scale from 1-3 by the chief berry receiver, 3 being the best color, a 50 cent premium is paid for No. 3 berries. At last, the quality of berries was graded according to colors by the chief receivers. The chief receiver cannot identify the best quality and the B2 grade, and it make NCC lose the 50 cents premium have paid for the A grade berry. If the berry grading was between 2B and 3, the chief berry receiver chose No. 3. The issue is that…...

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