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For my objective 2 I have to find out an existing product, which is related, to mine, i.e. I have searched over the Internet and catalogue and found 2 similar types of products. These 2 products are small and quite well shaped. In the following I will evaluate these two products to show exactly what functions it has and the type of the components laid out in the circuit board. Product 1 This is how one off the products I researched looks from front and back. This product is sold in Argos for the price off 8.99 and works with 2 AAA batteries. I quite like the style of the cover on this product and am thinking to make my product have a similar type of cover. The cover of this product is plastic and in an oval shape which is quite attractive.

How the product works This product uses two AAA batteries, which actually last about 4 months. This radio does not have a manual tuner but instead has the scan tuner, which is easy to use, just press the scan button and it scans for the next appropriate station. It also has a built in speaker, which helps the user to listen even without the earphones and can also be heard using earphones

How the components organised Product 2 This is another product that will be similar to my product and as you can see the picture on the left that is how the product 2 looks like. I have searched this product off the Internet at www.comet.co.uk, which is 9.95 (about 96p more than product 1) as you can see the style of this radio is quite natural and not attractive. But people still buy such radios because of the brand name SONY. Some people wont care to look at other company brands which are not known even if that radio looks much better than this or even if it has better functions and good value of money. The cover for this radio is also plastic made but in a rectangle sort of shape.

Functions/Use: This radio is quite different to product 1 as with this the user has to tune for what station he/she wants to hear and I personally like the tuner instead off the scanner because the tuner can be set to one station and there is no need to change it whereas in product 1 you need to scan everytime you use the radio. This radio uses 2 AA batteries, which lasts longer than the product 1. The purpose of this product would be if you travel everyday and it is a long journey than it would be relevant to use one off these.

This product can only be heard with the built in speakers, so everytime the user wants to listen he/she does not need to carry earphones with them The measurement to this radio is Length = 12.3 cm Width = 7.7 cm The needs for the company Ritz in the radio are in ways similar to both products such as product 1 is similar in ways such as built in speaker with earphone optional and the type of cover, which should be attractive. The product two is similar in ways such as using a tuner on the radio. Even product 2 has built in speaker but the problem is that it don’t have an earphone optional.The main difference to what my product will be and to these existing products is that mine will be an AM radio and these 2 products are FM radio.

The types of production methods There are four types of production, which are: – Batch Production – Mass Production – Continuous Production – One-off production Batch Production Batch Production is a way of creating items in bulk. In batch production, general-purpose equipment and methods are commonly used to produce small quantities of items that will be made and sold for a limited time only. Usually a similar design and process will be used to make a new product, cars are a good example of this. Often after car has been made another version will be created that has got new features.

In batch production specialized tools or items for construction purposes are created. Batch production is also used commonly in food and packaging and large ovens get specifically made to produce batch foods, these types of ovens are known as one-off productions. Mass Production In mass-production machines are used to produce Items extremely quickly and very cheaply. Despite it being cost effective and a good way to make things in Bulk, if somebody wishes to change the design it can take a very long time and stop production all together. Cars are good examples of mass-produced items. Violins and other musical instruments are often one-off productions. Foods like bread are often created using continuous production. Packaging is often batch produced

Continuous Production In continuous productions products are usually made in a series of steps. Large amounts of goods are expected in Continuous production and often workers will each be assigned a small part of one item. In continuous production one item is made and then re-produced hundreds, sometimes thousands of times. The tasks given to workers can be quickly mastered and sufficiently done. For example the parts produced to be used inside televisions and car engines are often constructed under means of continuous production

One-off Production One-off productions are items, which have only been created once. Either they have been assembled depending on the customers needs (like some large computers) or products have been constructed from basic materials by a craftsman who specializes in making individual items (most musical instruments are one-off productions that have been made by specialist craftsmen). Usually loads of different materials will be used but these resources are brought together only once. Often special measures have to be taken when creating one-off items in order to stop the cost from escalating.

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