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Ops Session 8 Learning curves o Learning curve – a relationship between unit processing time and the number of  consecutive units processed. (we improve over time.) o Assumptions/generalizations Each time you perform a task it takes less time that the last time you  performed the same task The reduction in time will follow a predictable pattern o The learning curve represents the percentage of per-unit direct labor required  when production doubles Sources of learning o Organizational learning – changes in administration, equipment, and product  design Technology, equipment, training, engineering o Individual learning – people repeat a process and gain skill from experience Training, selection of workers, teamwork, specialization Learning curve model o Y x  = k(x) n Y x  = the time required to produce the xth unit k = the time estimated to produce the 1 st  unit x = the ordinal number of the unit produced, and,
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