ERIC Number: ED309943
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
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Piece Rate: Applications of Industrial Engineering for the Mathematics Classroom.
Owens, John E.
This is an activity-oriented guide for general mathematics classes, grades 8-12. Mathematics used includes measurement, estimation, time, computation, ratio, and money. Students assume the role of an industrial engineering technician determining the amount of time allowed and operator pay for completing an operation on a production line. A deck of playing cards, a clipboard, a stopwatch, and graph paper are needed. The term "piece rate," related with other pay methods is explained, using an example. The method to set the piece rate is described: (1) breaking the operation into parts; (2) setting quality standards; (3) developing workplace layout; (4) developing methods; (5) determining time allowed; (6) considering other costs; and (7) assembling this information. Other uses, such as time and motion studies, and equipment justification are discussed. Figures of the stopwatch, time-study board, worksheets, seven exercises, and three projects are presented. Benchmark for hand movement, benchmark for walking, setting a base rate, and manufacturing company forms are provided in the appendices. (YP)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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