Category Archives: Manufacturing

Tesla Appears to be Preparing to Build a Plant in China

According to a WSJ article published on Oct 17, 2018 (Tesla Advances in China, Buying Land for a Factory), Tesla has agreed to by a 210-acre site near Shanghai for $140 million. Tesla said it was “accelerating the construction of … Continue reading

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Tesla Model 3 Learning Curve Analysis

by F. Robert Jacobs This study is a Learning Curve[i] analysis of Tesla Model 3 production using data provided by the company[ii]. Using Model 3 production data from 2017-Q3 through 2018-Q3, the Wright learning curve function was fitted. The squared … Continue reading

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Tesla–A different mix of employees compared to other car companies.

Elon Musk, the savvy CEO of Tesla Motor, has recently posted on Twitter his need for “hard-core software engineers” to work at his company.  His electric-car company is looking to add thousands of employees in coming years.  The company is … Continue reading

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New approach to making product on-demand.

Discussion Questions: This article describes a new system for making items using flexible single-worker cells.  What are the advantages and disadvantages of the system compared to using an assembly line? What if you were a company facing the need to … Continue reading

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Navy Awards Two Shipbuilding Contracts for New Submarines

Discussion Questions: Read the following article carefully.  What are the details of the contracts that that the Navy struck with General Dynamics and Huntington Ingalls? Would not it have been better if the Navy had only awarded one contract?  What … Continue reading

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Toyota Consolidating Operations in Texas

Discussion Questions: Carefully read the following article.  What Toyota positions are being moved to Texas?  Why is Toyota making this change? What are the incentives that Texas is offering Toyota?  How significant are these to Toyota’s decision? What are the … Continue reading

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Smartphones–Modular vs Integrated Design

Discussion Questions: The following two articles are related to smartphone design.  The first article describes Google’s idea for a modular design where the user can customize the phone to their exact requirements. The second article is about the cost to … Continue reading

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