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It is May 1992. HAL, Inc. is a major manufacturer of computers and computer components. In their Lubbock, TX plant they make printed circuit boards (PCB’s, also referred to as “panels”), which are used by other plants in the company in a variety of computer products. The Lubbock plant, built in 1982, represents an $80 million investment and has approximately 450,000 square feet of manufacturing space. The plant runs 3 shifts per day (19. 5 hours/day when breaks, lunches and shift changes are considered) and makes two families of products: 1. Small Panels: 10″ x 15″ panels are the original product of the facility and are used primarily for mainframe computer cards. There are roughly 40,000 different types of small…