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Subject Business
Due By (Pacific Time) 12/23/2016 12:00 am

 Klein Industries manufactures three types of portable air compressors: small, medium, and large, which have unit profits of $20.50, $34.00, and $42.00, respectively. The projected monthly sales are: 
 
                  Small  Medium  Large 
 Minimum  14,000   6,200  2,600 
 Maximum  21,000  12,500  4,200 
 
 The production process consists of three primary activities: bending and forming, welding, and painting. The amount of time in minutes needed to process each product in each department is shown below: 
                                 Small  Medium  Large  Available Time  
Bending/forming            0.4       0.7       0.8       23,400 
Welding                       0.6       1.0       1.2       23,400 
Painting                       1.4       2.6       3.1       46,800 
   
How many of each type of air compressor should the company produce to maximize profit? 
 a.  Formulate and solve a linear optimization model using the auxiliary variable cells method and write a short memo to the production manager explaining the sensitivity information. 
 b.  Solve the model without the auxiliary variables and explain the relationship between the reduced costs and the shadow prices found in part a. 

Solution Tip: You must use Solver tool in Excel. Set your constraints right, and fill in the solver dialogue box properly. Be sure to review links provided in the last lesson, or in one of the announcements in the first week of class. Here is a You Tube link you could view: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oyc0k9kiD7o 
Also additional slides to explain basics and a basic example is attached. The example and slides are for demonstration and illustration purpose only to help practice how to use solver tool.

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