Mentofacturing refers to the developing organization, which provides emphasis on human development, learning, risk-taking as well as transfer of technology. The current assignment analyses both the internal and external customers that needs to be used for implementing Fox Island Winds Project. Evaluation of the Chaparral research and development integrated with product development and design for the project has been discussed in the assignment. Finally, the current assignment assesses the possibility of the company in regards to low cost and high quality manufacturing of the project.
1. Chaparral Steel’s commitment to both its internal and external customers used by company implementing the Fox Island Winds Project
Fox Island Winds Project has been facing issues of financing and construction. Due to delivery of material to site, there was a frequent obstruction at main North/South artery. For bringing the wind solution, to other islands, additional units of wind turbine needs to be secured. Since the wind turbine requires a wind velocity of 9 m/s, the site needs to be carefully selected. Community support, complaints from noise and financing are the other three constraints of the Fox Island Winds Project.
Chaparral Steel’s commitment to both external and internal customers is used by organization for implementing through fitting in to the variables of primary design that includes operating and structural characteristics, attributes of workforce and management as well as practices of resource policies (Forward, 1991).
2. Explanation of the company implementing Fox Islands Winds Project
Research and development needs to be integrated into development and design of product. The large turbine length of blade generates increased power. Moreover, site selection is done properly that helped in determining the average wind speed of around 5.3 m/s, which is ideal and provides best energy output. Hence the noise cancellation also requires adequate integration of research and development into product development and design.
3. Possibility of being a low-cost and high quality manufacturer together at the same time
Definitely the project can be low cost as well as high quality at the same time as the economics of wind power generation is characterized through upfront cost of capital as well as low marginal operating cost. According to Lassiter (2011), although the average cost has reduced however the wind power is much more uneconomical compared to hydrocarbon energy source like natural gas and coal. For the achievement of parity with conventional source, capital cost needs to be decreased through price of hydrocarbon that needs to be increased directly or by some form of carbon pricing.
It can be concluded that the Fox Island Winds Project will be an economical and a success through implementation of strategies devised by Chaparral research and development. The Chaparral Steel’s commitment helps Fox Island Winds Project to develop the design and development of its product integrated with research and development. Lassiter (2011) stated that it will also ensure that Fox Island Winds Project becomes a low-cost and high quality manufacturer simultaneously. Moreover wind economies also shows that the potential of the Fox Island Winds Project for providing a conventional way of delivering energy will be a success.
Forward, G. E., Beach, D. E., Gray, D. A., & Quick, J. C. (1991). Mentofacturing: A vision for American industrial excellence. The Executive, 5(3), 32-44.
Lassiter, J. B., Corcoran, J. T., Gazor, M., Hogarty, D. S., & Somers, A. H. (2011). The Fox Islands Wind Project (A).