PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Task brief & rubrics

Assignment 3

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The students need to prepare the assignment individually in essay format submitting only one pdf file.


Part 1 Questions (40% in total – 20% for each question)


1) What is the difference between ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001? What are the benefits for implementing each Management System?


2) The use of AI, Robotics, block chain in manufacturing forms integral part of the company’s strategy for being competitive on the global market. How can the companies improve their performance using these tools? Demonstrate it based on a selected company.



Part 2 Case study (60% in total – 10% for each question)


At Freixenet, we understand that the long production process of our cavas starts with the land and the vines. For this reason, our environmental awareness is understood as the result of the close ties between the process of making our products and our natural environment. The outcome of this effort is the fact that each day we are increasingly more respectful of the environment around us, thanks to our conviction and responsibility (this word is important; we believe we must take responsibility for our processes, as the environment belongs to us all, and it is the duty of each person to act in keeping with his/her possibilities). Proof of this responsibility resides in the fact that in 1999 we became the first cava company to earn the ISO14001 Certificate for Environmental Management. This environmental certificate was the result of many years of implementing improvements in each of the production processes, the underlying principle of which was prevention rather than treatment. Minimization at the point of origin is key to all productive and environmental efficiency. It is a responsible stance towards our environment.

For many years, Freixenet has been implementing objectives to eliminate or reduce its generation of industrial waste. Those objectives have afforded the company a 37% reduction in the total industrial waste generated per bottle and a 76% reduction of the non-recoverable waste that is taken to the rubbish tip. One of the changes implemented by the company to achieve this was the replacement of the single-use packaging in which we received our materials with reusable packaging. We have also invested in by-product evaporation and concentration systems, as well as in the implementation of systems to reduce scrap, particularly the scrap that results from broken glass.

1. Explain the concept of “global production” on the example of Freixenet company.

2. What type of Maintenance System would you implement on Freixenet’s vineyards in order to improve their Environmental commitments?

3. Explain the results that Freixenet has gotten from introducing several waste management plans.

4. Suggest at least one Waste Management solution to Freixenet.




· Wordcount for both assignments: 1000 words.

· Cover, Table of Contents, References and Appendix are excluded of the total wordcount.

· Font: Arial 12,5 pts.

· Text alignment: Justified.

· The in-text References and the Bibliography have to be in Harvard’s citation style.


It assesses the following learning outcomes:

· Outcome 1: Understand the production management within operation management.

· Outcome 2: Describe operations processes design and their management to contextualize and improve production performance.

· Outcome 3: Evaluate how to elaborate a master production schedule MRS and material requirement planning MRP.

· Outcome 4: Understand quality control components and measures.


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