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Hovertec Essay

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I. INTRODUCTION
Hovertec Corporation is the famous corporation in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, which has been manufacturing civilian and military helicopters for nearly 50 years. The profit during 1990 before taxation exceeded £16.5 million and the total sales of over £280 million. Most of 6000 people work in three manufacturing plants. However, the latest technology used in these production and assembly processes, is a relatively slow process. It took 3 weeks for a civilian unit and 4 weeks for the larger and more sophisticated military helicopter. The main bottleneck in the process is the long time taken to assemble the helicopter loom and complete the 1200–2000 connections ...view middle of the document...

In order to improve helicopter loom - assembly method, we have done some analysis and find out the problems as below in the main content of this report.
II. HOVERTEC CASE STUDY
1. PROBLEMS OF INTER-DEPARTMENTAL CONFLICTS:
1.1 Human Resources:
1.2.1 The loom technicians were unwilling to work alongside the young women on classified defense contracts.
1.2.2 Three of the girls were unskilled, due to lack of expertise knowledge in engineering or electronic system. However, they want to work in a comfortable and different way that leads to the breaking of organization’s systems when they did not unite with the training of their managers.
1.2.3 In addition, besides their lacking of expertise knowledge and skills in engineering and electronic system, those three girls were also irresponsible and did not care about their works that was due to the fact that they had close relationships with different loom technicians.

1.2 Finance:
1.3.4 The redundancy of employees (5 operatives working together instead of one technician), while the amount of money spent for the company’s expenses was too high and illogically.
1.3.5 Company obviously in a financial squeeze.

1.3 Technology:
1.4.6 The product assembly process of loom is sophisticated and required carefulness and in earnest. The loom technicians lacked of taking responsibility for the equipments, which leaded to the breakdowns and reduction of productivity.
1.4.7 The breakdown of equipment was the result of vandalism.

1.4 Operation:
1.5.8 Irresponsibility of manager in dealing with problems in workplace.
1.5.9 There is only one loom technician was punished while those three girls were also related to the breakdowns of equipment.

2. CAUSES OF INTER-DEPARTMENTALCONFLICTS:
3.1 Human Resources:
* Cause of problem 1.1.1:
The loom technicians were regarded not to be responsible and more of security risk. All of loom technicians are qualified maintenance fitters and the highest-paid section of the workforce after supervisors and management but they do not show their specialized skills when company transfer to a new method of assembling looms which allow unskilled labor to be worked. The loom technicians showed their uncooperation with the young unskilled women and they are claimed for their abuse of power from these girls and vandalism from the managers. All of these causes led to the fell of productivity far below the expected target.
* Cause of problem 1.1.2:
Those girls were unskilled and lack of knowledge in engineering or electronic system because they are too young, only graduated from high schools with no degrees as well as no training from the company. Meanwhile, they received priority and the privileges, such as they were permitted to choose their partners, allowed to change color code when they became bored or started to make errors, given 10...

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