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These spreadsheets have been designed to help you understand the quantitative methods in Operations Management.
Each spreadsheet contains an example from your textbook for which you may change the data in order to see how the changes
will affect the answers. Wherever possible, we have provided a graph. Each Active Model spreadsheet contains a RESET button to
easily enable you to restore the original data.

In addition, each spreadshseet contains a QUESTION button which will lead you through a series of questions to help you to better learn
the relationship among the parameters of the problem. Please note that every time you change questions the data will automatically reset
to the original parameters. After getting to the last question, a PRINT option is enabled so that you will have a record of your answers for
yourself or for your instructor. Alternatively, you may use the DISPLAY button to see the Questions and Answers on a spreadsheet.
A detailed explanation of the question form is on the question form sheet.

The spreadsheets are not locked which means that you may enter or change values in any cell. As a rule, only the cells
shaded in green should be changed. In general, the cells may be changed directly or with the scrollbar. As a rule, you should NOT
change cells that are shaded in red Cells shaded in yellow may be changed but you will be deleting a formula.

Most scrollbars operate in the same fashion. Clicking on the arrows will generate small changes while clicking on the bar will
generate large changes. Experiment with the scroll bar if you need help.

For several of the modules you will be asked to read graphs. Move the mouse along the graph in order to have Excel display the value.
If you need practice see the graph sheet.

Excel's formula bar is automatically hidden by Active Models. To see it use View, Formula Bar from the Excel menu/ribboon. In addition, Active Models
will automatically remove the gridlines and row and column labels. To restore them use the View tab (Excel 2007) or Tools, Options, View tab (Excel 2003)

The intention is NOT to provide these sheets as solvers but many of these sheets can be used in that way. However, the graphs have been
scaled according to the numbers being demonstrated. Thus, changing the basic data may lead to a nonreadable graph.
If you want an Excel solver then you should use Excel OM or POM for Windows which came with your Prentice-Hall textbook.

Use the menu sheet to navigate to the appropriate workbook or you may load the workbooks directly.

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Operations Management by Heizer & Render
Principles of Operations Management by Heizer & Render

Chapter Model Textbook Example

Project Management 3.1 Gantt Chart 6
Forecasting 4.1 Moving Averages 1
4.2 Exponential Smoothing 4
4.3 Exponential Smoothing with Trend Adjustment 7
4.4 Trend Projections 8
Design of Goods and Services 5.1 Decision Tree 3
Managing Quality 6.1 Pareto Chart 1
Statistical Process Control S6.1 p-Chart S4
S6.2 Process Capability S6
S6.3 OC Curve Fig S6.9
Process Strategy 7.1 Crossover Chart 4
Capacity Planning S7.1 Capacity S1
S7.2 Breakeven Analysis S3
Location Strategies 8.1 Center of Gravity 3
Layout Strategy 9.1 Process Layout 1
Work Measurement S10.1 Work Sampling S5
Inventory Management 12.1 Economic Order Quantity Model 3
12.2 Production Order Quantity Model 8
Aggregate Planning 13.1 Leveling Strategies 2
Material Requirements Planning and ERP
14.1 Order Releases 3
Short-Term Scheduling 15.1 Job Shop Sequencing 5
Maintenance and Reliability 17.1 Series Reliability 1
17.2 Redundancy 3
Linear Programming B.1 LP Graph Fig B.4
Waiting-line Models D.1 Single-Server Model D1
D.2 Multiple Server System with Costs D2&D3
D.3 Constant Service Times D4
Learning Curves E.1 Unit Curve, Cumulative Curve and Costs E2 & E3

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Click on the left arrow Click on the right arrow

to decrease the value to increase the value in
in the cell by 1 the cell by 1


Click on the bar, between Click on the bar, between

the left arrow and the slider the right arrow and the slider
to decrease the value in the to increase the value in the
cell by 10 cell by 10
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Navigation buttons for questions.
Note: The data will reset to the The questions and answers are
original problem with each change in stored in a worksheet ready to be
question. printed.
Question number label

Instead of printing you may look at

Name of spreadsheet with data. the spreadsheet that contains the
Note: If the workbook contains questions and your answers.
multiple spreadsheets they will (Then you could print this sheet).
be changed automatically when
the questions refer to a different

The question!!
If you want to copy an
answer from the
Text box into which to place spreadsheet then click on
your answer. the cell and then use this
button. Using this will
erase whatever text is in
the answer text box.
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Sample graph

If you are asked, what is the value of Y on 350

graph 1 when x = 5 you could eyeball the
graph and guess. 300

Excel 2003 and earlier 250

Alternatively, If you place the mouse on
Graph 1, where x = 5, a toolbar tip type of 200

explanation will appear indicating which
graph (graph 1 or graph 2) you are looking 150
at, which point and what the value of the
point is. 100

You should try this by moving the mouse 50

along each of the two graphs.
-1 1 3 5 7 9 11 13 15

Graph 1 x Graph 2
13 15
x x2 1/(x+3)
0 0 333.3333
1 1 250
2 4 200
3 9 166.6667
4 16 142.8571
5 25 125
6 36 111.1111
7 49 100
8 64 90.90909
9 81 83.33333
10 100 76.92308
11 121 71.42857
12 144 66.66667
13 169 62.5
14 196 58.82353
15 225 55.55556