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11th Edition

Ronald J. Harshbarger + 1 other

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781305108042

Chapter 10, Problem 1EAGP1

Textbook Problem

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**I. Production Management**

Metal Containers, Inc. is reviewing the way it submits bids on U.S. Army contracts. The army often requests open-top boxes, with square bases and of specified volumes. The army also specifies the materials for the boxes, and the base is usually made of a different material than the sides. The box is assembled by riveting a bracket at each of the eight corners. For Metal Containers, the total cost of producing a box is the sum of the cost of the materials for the box and the labor costs associated with affixing each bracket.

Instead of estimating each job separately, the company wants to develop an overall approach that will allow it to cost out proposals more easily. To accomplish this, company managers need you to devise a formula for the total cost of producing each box and determine the dimensions that allow a box of specified volume to be produced at minimum cost. Use the following notation to help you solve this problem.

Cost of the material for the base

Cost of the material for the sides

Cost of each bracket

Cost to affix each bracket

Length of the sides of the base

Height of the box

Volume specified by the army

Write an expression for the company’s total cost in terms of these quantities.

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