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  • #55677

    Romell
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    Can someone please help me with these?

    We haven’t fully discuss this topic in school, but I need to do it on my OJT.

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    #201124

    MBBinWI
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    @meromell20i5 – What’s your question?

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    #201126

    Romell
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    @MBBinWI Hi sir! I’d like to understand what man:machine ratio is. Its pros and cons, in a brief manner. Thank you

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    #201128

    MBBinWI
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    @meromell20i5 – so, I searched “man machine ratio” in Bing and got over 14 million hits. Surely some of those provide insight into your question? Come back when you have done your homework and have a specific point that you need clarified. We’re not here to do the work for you.

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    #201129

    Strayer
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    You probably understand that some things, in some circumstances are better done by machines considering accuracy, efficiency, safety… And some are better done by humans considering craftsmanship, insight, dealing with the unforeseen… If there is an optimum ratio it depends on the circumstances and this will change as technology advances.

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    #201130

    MBBinWI
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    @Straydog – Dude, if you’re going to be sarcastic, you need to be more over the top. If you’re serious, then I don’t know what to say.

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    #201132

    Strayer
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    @MBBinWI I was simply stating the obvious to someone who doesn’t get it. I agree that we should dismiss, perhaps sarcastically, those who want us to do their homework or ask stupid questions. Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish them from those who are seeking knowledge. I lean toward giving the latter the benefit of doubt.

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    #201160

    Chris Seider
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    There is no ideal man/machine ratio.

    It all depends on economics….and industry and ability to even automate.

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    #201162

    MBBinWI
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    Well, @cseider, the ideal ratio for me is 1:1. I can only work with one machine at a time.

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    #201163

    Chris Seider
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    I can walk and chew gum at the same time LOL….. bad joke from my Dad. :)

    Hope all is treating you lately, @MBBinWi

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    #201165

    MBBinWI
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    @cseider – stopped chewing gum when I kept falling down. ;-}

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    #201167

    Chris Seider
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    Are you a future Life-Alert customer? ;)

    gotta get back to work…my bad

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    #201172

    MBBinWI
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    @cseider – future?

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    #201485

    The man machine ratio is the ratio that shows how the industries use their resources
    It can be labour intensive
    Or
    Capital intensive which is machinery

    As the ratio of machine increase the ratio of man decreases
    And so will cause in employment

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    #201493

    Mike Carnell
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    Joyston the concept of man/machine ration is pretty self explanatory.

    Your interpretation is way off. First just because it is a machine does not mean it is capital intensive. You can get a lot of capability out of inexpensive machines these days. When people believe that human beings are inexpensive they are doing a pretty superficial analysis. When you calculate absenteeism, screwed up product, broken equipment, etc people are expensive. If you can create a financial model for all the drama they cause then it becomes very expensive.

    If we look at injection molding machines it is generally at least 1 man 1 machine. I have an acquaintance who has a very nice government contract and runs 2 injection molding machines 24/7/365 (Maybe 364 for Christmas). ! man runs 2 machines because they face each other. No change overs, etc.

    Depending on the industry the used equipment market is amazing right now. You can buy relatively new machines for next to nothing.

    Just my opinion

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    #201900

    Romell
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    Thanks for the help

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    #201901

    Chris Seider
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    well stated my friend @mike-carnell

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    #201902

    Andrew Parr
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    @cseider Walking and chewing gum……you might consider running for President although you seem a little over qualified :-)

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    #201903

    Chris Seider
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    @andy-parr
    LOL, I had to remember/review the post to get your quip. I’m not touching politics–especially on this forum. Technically, it’s not hard to be qualified to be president of the US per our Constitution–“The Constitution gives three eligibility requirements to be president: one must be 35 years of age, a resident “within the United States” for 14 years, and a “natural born Citizen,” a term not defined in the Constitution.”

    Hope all is well with you. And yes, I’m over 35. :)

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