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Strategical Capacity Planning For Two Of Sensata's Automotive Departments

Stanca, Edith-Ioana (2019) Strategical Capacity Planning For Two Of Sensata's Automotive Departments.

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Abstract:This research takes place in collaboration with Sensata Technologies. Sensata Technologies is one of the world’s leader suppliers in terms of sensing, control, power management, and electrical protection solutions. The highest revenue industry in which Sensata competes is the automotive industry. This research is carried out at the initiative of two capacity managers from Sensata’s automotive departments and focuses on the departments’ strategic capacity planning. Problem Description This research starts with the aim of redesigning their current strategic capacity planning model. This need arose due to their forecasts showing a rapid increase in demand1 over the upcoming years. Besides the increase in the actual number of units, a demand increase generates an increase in number of equipment and types of products. Considering the high investment incurred by purchasing new equipment, the company wants to postpone such an investment for as long as possible. Another reason for initiating this research consists in the simplicity of their current model. The managers use an Excel model from which they exclude a variety of relevant factors. Moreover, the factors they do take into account are assigned with average values. Given all these simplifications the model is not capable of reflecting aspects such as performance differences between individual machines of the same type and is hence not able to reflect the real-life situation in an accurate manner.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:50 technical science in general
Programme:Industrial Engineering and Management MSc (60029)
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