Materials Handling Issues

             

1. Please select all statements to the right that you have directly experienced when computer controlled material handling equipment is implemented. Productivity of domestic labor increases enough following implementation to prevent marginal outsourcing; Losses & spoilage are significantly reduced; Security is enhanced; Cost of production is reduced; Planning production efficiencies requires implementation of the latest automated equipment; Automation is required to make most material handling equipment truly effective; RFID technology is required to utilize the full potential of today’s material handling equipment. Product development through production times are reduced. Properly designed cabinets, carts, racks, carousels, bins, conveyors, palletizers, etc. often provide more meaningful enhanced production efficiencies than sophisticated automated equipment.

2. In your work, what portion of your final product is produced with the use of computer controlled material handling equipment, including robotic, conveyor, and the like? Less than 1/4; Between 1/4-1/2 Over 3/4.

3. If you did not have computer controlled material handling equipment, would you be able to do your current job? Agree or Disagree?

4. If you did not have computer controlled material handling equipment, about how much longer would you need to produce the same amount of goods and services as you produce today? About 4 or more times longer; About 2 to 3 times longer; About the same.

5. If you did not have computer controlled material handling equipment, could you produce same quality of goods and services? Agree or Disagree?

6. In actuality, is it your hard work and knowledge or your computer controlled material handling equipment that makes your productivity as high as it is today? You or Automated equipment?

7. Do you worry about losing your job in an economic downturn? Yes, often; Sometimes, but not seriously; No, rarely.

8. In an economic downturn, do you think that fewer workers could operate more computer controlled material handling equipment and thus produce the same amount of goods and services? Yes or No.

9. In your work, what factors are the most important determinants of the price your company can charge for the goods you produce? Please select all that apply: Customer demand, Competitor’s prices, Cost of labor, Surplus product, Quality of goods, Accounting standards, Costs of production, Products produced by your competitor, Employee benefit costs, Quality of sales & service, Manufacturing efficiencies, Costs of raw materials.

10. If you were top management or the owner of a business, during the next economic downturn what would you do? A.) Lay off people; B.) Acquire more automated handling equipment; C.) Both A & B above. 12. If you were to honestly, accurately, privately and anonymously measure in terms of salary what you are worth to your employer, would it be: More than you make; About what you make; Less than you make.

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