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Goodman Company Essay

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Goodman Company*


Goodman Company fabrica partes pequeñas automotrices de caucho. Sus productos incluyen cubiertas para transmisiones de automóviles y camiones montadas en el suelo, recubrimientos para frenos y pedales de clutch y acelerador. Estos productos se venden exclusivamente a plantas armadoras de autos y camiones nuevos.

La compañía opera una sola planta. Joe Smith es el gerente de producción. Depende directamente del presidente de la compañía, Robert Goodman. Tiene a sus órdenes a tres supervisores, cada uno de los cuales es responsable de uno de los tres turnos de producción.

Goodman Company ha marchado muy bien últimamente. Se han ...view middle of the document...

Ann Bennet fue contratada para hacer recomendaciones que permitan obtener mayor productividad de la planta.


Ann Bennet obtuvo en 1988 su licenciatura en finanzas. En 1990 concluyó su maestría en administración de empresas con especialización en administración de producción. Realizó sus estudios de posgrado en una universidad muy conocida, de la que se graduó con honores (magna cum laude).
Antes de aceptar su nuevo puesto, trabajó en una empresa de consultoría administrativa. En dos años fue ascendida a lideresa de proyectos. Ocupó ese puesto durante tres años antes de integrarse a Goodman Company.
Sus razones para abandonar la empresa consultora fueron varias. Goodman le ofreció un sueldo muy superior. Su trabajo anterior le exigía dedicar a transportarse 40% de su tiempo, mientras que en su nuevo empleo el tiempo de transporte es mínimo. Finalmente, considera que su nuevo trabajo es más interesante y que en Goodman se le ofrecen mayores oportunidades de avance.
Goodman Company quedó muy impresionada con su entrevista con la señorita Bennet, sus títulos y referencias. Cree que será un activo para la empresa y que el puesto lo será para ella en términos profesionales.


En la actualidad, el proceso de producción en su totalidad es manejado por cada trabajador en lo individual. Hojas de caucho, en planchas de 1 m por un 1 m, son adquiridas a una gran compañía fabricante; estas hojas son la única materia prima para los productos manufacturados. Las hojas de caucho se colocan en el centro del área de trabajo. Cada trabajador se procura su propio material, para después cortarlo a la medida de un producto en particular en el área de almacén. Posteriormente, el trabajador transporta el material cortado a una prensa vulcanizadora de vapor. Cada prensa cuenta con 12 moldes, en los que se coloca el material cortado. Después se le activa durante un ciclo de vulcanización de cinco minutos. En ese intervalo, el trabajador desprende el caucho sobrante de partes previamente extraídas de la prensa. Tras llenar de diez a 12 cajas, el trabajador las transporta al área de embarque. A todos los trabajadores de producción se les paga por hora.


La propuesta de la señorita Bennet implica el uso del mismo equipo, pero en un formato de producción en serie. Los trabajadores ya no ejecutarán el proceso completo. Uno de ellos será asignado a la preparación de la materia prima y será responsable de cortarla al tamaño indicado para su vulcanización. Otro trabajador será responsable del manejo del material, el traslado de la materia prima a las prensas vulcanizadores y el transporte de recipientes de productos terminados del área de trabajo a la de embarque.
La operación final de terminado, que supone el desprendimiento del caucho sobrante de las partes vulcanizadas y la colocación de éstas en recipientes para su embarque, será ejecutada por otro trabajador. Finalmente, un trabajador será asignado al...

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