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Triad Power

Triad Power

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  • Free Press | 
  • 240 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743236348 | 
  • January 2002
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Chapter 1
CAPITAL-INTENSIVE OPERATIONS
Consider, first, the upheaval in production processes. Within the past decade automation, robots, machining centers, and numerical controls have increased productivity significantly in the broadest sense. These innovations have reduced the work force, expanded output per unit of time, allowed quick changeover from one type of manufacturing process to another, and permitted greater flexibility in plant siting. Translated into quantitative terms, the labor content of traditional assembly operations has dropped from 25 percent to somewhere between 10 and 5 percent of the total cost of the... see more

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