Under which production range is each process appropriate

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Perry Equipment & Association Inc has 1 year contract for the production of 200,000 gear housings for a new off-road vehicle. Owner Adam Perry hopes the contract will be extended and the volume increased next year. Perry has developed costs for three alternatives. They are general-purpose equipment (GPE), flexible manufacturing system (FMS) and expensive, but efficient, dedicated machine (DM). The cost data follows:

Annual fixed cost ($) 100,000 200,000 500,000
Per Unit Variable cost ($) 20 19 18

a. Under which production range is each process appropriate?
b. Which process is best for this contract?
c. Does your decision change if the per unit variable cost for DM increase to $21?
d. Determine the best process for each of the following volumes: (i) 75,000; (ii) 275,000 (iii) 375,000
e. If a contract for the second and third years is pending what are the implications for process selection?

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