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A leading cement manufacturer has been having problems

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Re: CR: Cement Manufacturer [#permalink] New post 03 May 2009, 06:49
IMO C

A leading cement manufacturer has been having
problems processing manufacturing and delivery
records since it expanded its operations. To solve this
problem, it plans to install a new platform on its
central computing system which will run its tracking
program five times faster than the current system
does.

Which one of the following casts the most serious
doubt on the manufacturer’s plan?

(A)Not all computer platforms can make the
company’s tracking program run more
quickly --> not all, but it can't change the fact that there is still a new platform can do it

(B)The cost of the new computer platform will
require the cement manufacturer to raise
prices for its products --> cost of producing is out of scope

(C)The cement company’s computer system
does not have the capability to run the new
platform and cannot be updated -->the best. Because of this, although the new platform system is quite good, it is useless because it can't integrate with the computer system

(D)The company has been increasing sales of
cement by 1.5 percent a month for the past
18 months --> although the company enhance its business' sales, it still have difficult in managing its expanded business. And this choice has no influence on the argument

(E) A completely new computer system could
make the program run six times faster than it
does currently --> out of scope
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Re: CR: Cement Manufacturer [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2009, 20:05
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Re: CR: Cement Manufacturer [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2012, 02:58
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I did not do the math but only D made sense to me. A and C are contradictory to the stimulus. B is out of scope and E again modifies the stimulus but does not weaken/strengthen.

Expanded operations and processing times are exceeding the original time window

Plans to install a new system 5 times faster.

need to prove that this will not help

So if the increase is multiplying every month for the past 18 months, it is possible that he will still have problems after the new install.


Is it reasonable to assume that profits surely go up?
I go with answer choice C
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Re: A leading cement manufacturer has been having problems [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2012, 02:57
C in my opinion rest doesnt stands
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Re: A leading cement manufacturer has been having problems [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2012, 15:19
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Hmm, this one has given rise to quite a few comments over the years, but I will try my best to put this one to rest :). Unlike many other questions, I do not think this one is tricky.

Basically, the conclusion is that because the new platform will run 5 times faster than the old one, the new platform will solve the company's problems.

We are looking to WEAKEN this conclusion. (C) basically says that the new platform will not work. Therefore the new platform could not possibly solve any of the company's problems.

For instance, if I told you that my super new computer chip can make your computer run 5x faster, but it turns out the chip doesn't work on your computer, then so much for 5x faster.

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