Use the table below to answer the following
question(s).
Remington Textiles has a mill that produces three types of fabrics
on a make-to-order basis. The mill operates on a 24/7 basis. The
key decision facing the plant manager is about the type of loom
needed to process each fabric during the coming 12 weeks to meet
demands for the three fabrics and not exceed the capacity of the
looms in the mill. Two types of looms are used: Jaquard and
Northrop. Jaquard looms can be used to make all fabrics and are the
only looms that can weave certain fabrics, such as plaids. Demands,
variable costs for each fabric, and production rates on the looms
are given in the table below. The mill has 10 Northrop looms and 2
Jaquard looms. Any fabrics that cannot be woven in the mill because
of limited capacity will be purchased from an external supplier,
finished at the mill, and sold at the selling price. In addition to
determining which looms to use to process the fabrics, the manager
also needs to determine which fabrics to buy
externally.
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Data | | | | | |
Fabric | Demand (yards) | Jaquard Capacity (yards/hour) | Northrop Capacity (yards/hour) | Mill Cost ($/yard) | Outsourcing Cost ($/yard) |
1 | 50,000 | 5.6 | 0 | 0.53 | 0.81 |
2 | 62,000 | 5.2 | 4.8 | 0.6 | 0.85 |
3 | 35,000 | 4.8 | 4.5 | 0.71 | 0.84 |
Answer the following questions using a linear optimization
model.
According to the model, what is the total amount of Fabric 1 to be
purchased?
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