Question: Howard Plastics produces plastic containers for use in the food

Howard Plastics produces plastic containers for use in the food packaging industry. Last year its average monthly production included 20,000 containers produced using one shift five days a week with an eight-hour-a-day operation. Of the items produced 15 percent were deemed defective. Recently, Howard Plastics has implemented new production methods and a new quality improvement program. Its monthly production has increased to 25,000 containers with 9 percent defective.
(a) Compute productivity ratios for the old and new production system.
(b) Compare the changes in productivity between the two production systems.


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