The management at a certain company opposes the use of machine X, since machine X produces 5 percent fewer units per hour than does machine Y. However, management is neglecting to consider that the quality of the units produced by machine X is superior to the quality of those produced by machine Y. For example, only 2 percent of the units produced by machine X were found to be defective. Therefore, the managers’ objections are invalid; the company should use machine X.
Which of the following, if true, could best be used as a basis for arguing against the author’s position that the managers should use machine X?
Machine X is 5 years old.
Two percent of the units produced by machine Y are defective.
The managers have been analyzing a new machine that produces 10 percent more units per hour than does machine X.
Machine X is more expensive to maintain than is machine Y.
The quality of the product is often not the sole consideration when deciding which machine to use.