1st Edition

Production Economics Evaluating Costs of Operations in Manufacturing and Service Industries

By Anoop Desai, Aashi Mital Copyright 2018
    550 Pages 81 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This book serves a unique purpose within the world of engineering. It covers the economics of modern manufacturing and focuses on examining the techniques and methods from a cost perspective.

    It can be used by both students and professionals alike. The book is useful to students in industrial engineering and mechanical engineering programs as a primary textbook for engineering economy, production costing, and related courses. It can also be used by MBA students specializing in production management and finance.

    Specific topics of coverage include the computation of direct and indirect cost for manufacturing operations, including a variety of overhead operations in such an environment. Costing of manufacturing methods such as casting, forging, turning, milling, and welding is addressed along with inventory analysis.

    The book also includes fundamental concepts such as cash flow analysis, present and future worth analysis, and rate of return analysis. Related topics such as equipment replacement, comparison of alternatives, depreciation, buy versus make decisions, interest factors, and equivalence are covered in detail as well.

    Key Features:

    • Addresses the costing of manufacturing operations through a step-by-step problem solving approach.
    • Includes traditional engineering topics such as cash flow analysis, present worth, future worth analysis, replacement analysis, equivalence, and depreciation are addressed in depth as well.
    • Offers a variety of solved examples that can be used to develop a thorough understanding of the underlying concept.
    • Provides a number of practice problems at the end of each chapter.
    • Presents a large number of figures and tables in almost every chapter, to assist in visualizing the concept and apply it successfully.

    Production Economics: Evaluating Costs of Operations in Manufacturing and Service Industries focuses on rigorous problem solving. Each topic is presented succinctly along with numerous solved examples, along with a large number of end-of-chapter practice problems where applicable.

    Interest Factors, Equivalence, Present Worth, Annualized Equivalent Worth, and Future worth Analysis. Cost Estimation. Materials Costing. Process Costing. Overhead Expenses. Estimation of Capital Cost and Operating Cost. Costing of Material Handling Operations. Inventory Analysis and Costing. Administrative and Facilities Costs. Establishing the Selling Price. Comparison of Alternatives. Breakeven and Benefit Cost Analysis. Depreciation. Replacement Analysis. The Make v/s Buy Decision. Vendor Selection and Vendor Cost Verification. Influence of Assembly Automation and Market Factors on Production Economics. Appendix.


    Dr. Anoop Desai is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Southern University. He received his PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 2006. His areas of research interest include Product Development, Design for Manufacturing, Six Sigma and Quality control and Engineering Economic analysis.

    Dr. Desai is the author of "Product Development: A Structured Approach to Consumer Product Design, Development and Manufacture", "Fundamentals of Work measurement: What Every Engineer Should Know" and "Global Sustainability and Innovation (Edited)."

    Dr. Desai is also the author of twenty-five journal papers mainly focusing on the area of Design for X, environment conscious design and manufacturing and the economics of production processes.  He is one of Elsevier Science's most cited authors.

    Aashi Mital holds a Master of the Arts in American History and minor in Classical Archaeology through the University of Cincinnati. She is the CEO and founder of Pivotal Solutions Consulting. Her innovative methodologies involving resource utilization, strategic initiatives and impact growth have caused several businesses to reinvent their approaches in today’s multi-disciplinary environment. Being amongst the most sought out consultants in the region, she is known for her ability to generate and execute strategies to improve operations and processes, critical thinking, problem solving and a deeper understanding of multifaceted problems.

    She has a strong background in resource management, community development and marketing. All of which have contributed to publications covering a sundry of interdisciplinary topics, such as geopolitical patterns and historical forecasting, business and engineering economics, human productivity and sustainability.

    Some of her latest works include Product Development: A Structured Approach to Consumer Product Development, Design and Manufacture, as well as chapters "Changes in US Manufacturing Worker Productivity with Working Hours" and "A comparison of US Manufacturing Workers’ Productivity with Similar Workers in Selected Developed and Fast Developing Economies" found within Human Work Productivity: A Global Perspective. She has also worked with various publications, such as International Journal of Industrial Engineering: Theory, Applications and Practice (IJIETAP), the Organization of American Historians (OAH) and Archaeological Magazine.

    Ms. Mital is a recipient of the Craig Waff Researcher’s Award, CPA Innovative STEM Educator’s Award and MHS Preservation Award.