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elow is a process where tasks are assigned to workstations

1. elow is a process where tasks are assigned to workstations.

a. Fill out the diagram below. Calculate the cycle time and throughput for each workstation. What stage is the bottleneck? What is the throughput for the whole process in units per hour? Include throughput in terms of units per minute and units per hour.

b. Sales and marketing claims that you need to sell 2 more units per hour than the current process produces. Reassign tasks to workstations to produce 2 more units per hour than the current process. You will need to introduce more workstations. How many more workstations do you need? Draw the same diagram as in part a for the new process.

c. Suppose that you can sell the additional 2 units per hour as in part b, but no more. Assume that your operation works 8 hours a day for 250 days a year, each unit has a marginal profit of \$25 per unit, and each new workstation costs \$200,000. Using your design from part b, in how many years will your investment in workstations break even? Assume a 0% discount rate for future profits and give your answer including one decimal place.