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# Fast cycle time is a strategy of designing a manufacturing

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“Fast cycle time” is a strategy of designing a manufacturing organization to eliminate bottlenecks and delays in production. Not only does it speed up production, but it also assures quality. The reason is that the bottlenecks and delays cannot be eliminated unless all work is done right the first time. The claim about quality made above rests on a questionable presupposition that
(A) any flaw in work on a product would cause a bottleneck or delay and so would be prevented from occurring on a “fast cycle” production line
(B) the strategy of “fast cycle time” would require fundamental rethinking of product design
(C) the primary goal of the organization is to produce a product of unexcelled quality, rather than to generate profits for stockholders
(D) “fast cycle time” could be achieved by shaving time off each of the component processes in production cycle
(E) “fast cycle time” is a concept in business strategy that has not yet been put into practice in a factory
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23 Jul 2010, 04:53
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Straight A
P1 : “Fast cycle time” is a strategy to eliminate bottlenecks and delays in production
P2 : bottlenecks and delays cannot be eliminated unless all work is done right

Assumption : bottleneck or delay would be prevented from occurring on a “fast cycle” production line. If you negate this assumption the argument falls apart. Hence the answer.
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23 Jul 2010, 05:45
Thanks!
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26 Aug 2010, 20:13
A Straight away!!
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28 Aug 2010, 00:30
A.....
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01 Sep 2010, 08:22
Yes A it is.
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01 Sep 2010, 10:23
Ans A
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01 Sep 2010, 13:52
yup it's A.
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02 Sep 2010, 01:27
straight A
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02 Sep 2010, 04:16
A is correct i guess
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03 Sep 2010, 10:17
A
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03 Sep 2010, 13:23
Althought I was not quite convinced by A at first I picked it up as other answers are out of scope
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29 Oct 2017, 15:07
“Fast cycle time” is a strategy of designing a manufacturing organization to eliminate bottlenecks and delays
in production. Not only does it speed up production, but it also assures quality. The reason is that the
bottlenecks and delays cannot be eliminated unless all work is done right the first time.
The claim about quality made above rests on a questionable presupposition that

(A) any flaw in work on a product would cause a bottleneck or delay and so would be prevented from occurring
on a “fast cycle” production line
(B) the strategy of “fast cycle time” would require fundamental rethinking of product design
(C) the primary goal of the organization is to produce a product of unexcelled quality, rather than to generate
profits for stockholders
(D) “fast cycle time” could be achieved by shaving time off each of the component processes in production
cycle
(E) “fast cycle time” is a concept in business strategy that has not yet been put into practice in a factory

Conclusion: Not only does it speed up production, but it also assures quality
Reasoning: The reason is that the bottlenecks and delays cannot be eliminated unless all work is done right the first time.
Pre-think: ‘Fast cycle time’ fixes(or cures) all the bottlenecks in the first time itself. How can we think through that ‘CFCT’ strategy is preventing all bottlenecks? As once the bottlenecks occur then only ‘FCT’ cures it.

Jump in reasoning/Flaw: Could not find any. Can someone help me here

Options: A talks about preventing the problem, but argument says that the strategy fixes the bottleneck by implementing ‘FCT’ strategy. How can we say that this strategy prevents any flaw?

D is giving information about shaving time. But we are asked about the effect on quality, not time. So this is not the right answer.
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Can someone help me understand why Option A is right. And how the reasoning is correlated with right answer choice. Is right answer is the rephrase of the reasoning given in the argument?

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