# A company manufactures mechanical heart valves from the heat valves of pigs. Different heart operations require valves

## Question:

A company manufactures mechanical heart valves from the heat valves of pigs. Different heart operations require valves of different sizes. The company purchases pig valves from three different suppliers. The cost and size mix of the valves purchased from each supplier are given in the file P03_36.xlsx. This file also contains the maximum number of valves available from each supplier per month. Each month, the company places and order with each supplier. At least 1300 large, 900 medium, and 400 small valves must be purchased each month.

a.Use Solver to determine how the company can minimize the cost of acquiring thee needed valves.

b.Use SolverTable to investigate the effect on total cost of increasing its minimal purchase requirements each month. Specifically, see how the total cost changes as the minimal purchase requirements of large, medium, and small valves all increase from their original valves by the*same*percentag. Revise your model so that SolverTable can be used to investigate these changes when the percentage increase varies 2% to 40% in increments of 2%.