The Opitz method of classifying and coding parts

Task 1: Classifying and coding component parts

1. Explain the Opitz method of classifying and coding parts.

Task 2: Processing through group facilities

1. Investigate grouping the parts into a part family that could be manufactured in a flexible manufacturing cell (FMS). Produce a list of the machinery resources that will be required to manufacture the quantities required by the customer.

Task 3: Process planning

1. Use the information in ‘Case study 1’ to produce a list of all the parts contained within the product and indicate whether they are to be manufactured in house or bought in. (Make or Buy decision)

2. For the parts to be manufactured in house draw up process plans for the machinery identified in task 2 to manufacture the parts and indicate the following:

 Operation timings

 Material required

 Machinery/processing equipment

 Tooling required

 Labour requirements

 Quality checking systems to be utilised

Task 4: Production scheduling

1. Use the process planning information from task 1 and the lead time/customer requirements in the ‘Case study 1’ to develop a production schedule that will achieve the customer deadline.

2. Produce a CPA analysis to identify operational activities and bought in component ordering to ensure that there are no bottlenecks in production.


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