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 Auerbach Enterprises. Complete Case 3A (Auerbach Enterprises) in Chapter 3.

Auerbach Enterprises manufactures air conditioners for automobiles and trucks manufactured throughout

North America. The company designs its products with flexibility to accommodate many makes and models of

automobiles and trucks. The company’s two main products are MaxiFlow and Alaska. MaxiFlow uses a few

complex fabricated parts, but these have been found easy to assemble and test. On the other hand, Alaska uses

many standard parts but has a complex assembly and testing process. MaxiFlow requires direct materials costs

which total $135 per unit, while Alaska’s direct materials requirements total $110 per unit. Direct labor costs per

unit are $75 for MaxiFlow and $95 for Alaska.

Auerbach Enterprises uses machine hours as the cost driver to assign overhead costs to the air conditioners.

The company has used a company-wide predetermined overhead rate in past years, but the new controller,

Bennie Leon, is considering the use of departmental overhead rates beginning with the next year.

The following planning information is available for the next year for each the four manufacturing departments

within the company:

Overhead Machine

Costs Hours

Radiator parts fabrication.............. $ 80,000 10,000

Radiator assembly, weld, and test.... 100,000 20,000

Compressor parts fabrication.......... 120,000 5,000

Compressor assembly and test........ 180,000 45,000

Total $480,000 80,000

Normally, the air conditioners are produced in batch sizes of 20 at a time. A production batch of 20 units requires

the following number of hours in each department:

MaxiFlow Alaska

Radiator parts fabrication........... 28 16

Radiator assembly, weld, and test....... 30 74

Compressor parts fabrication......... 32 8

Compressor assembly and test......... 26 66

Total 116 164


1. Compute the departmental overhead rates using machine hours as the cost driver.

2. Compute a company-wide overhead rate using machine hours as the cost driver.

3. Compute the overhead costs per batch of MaxiFlow and Alaska assuming:

(a) The company-wide rate.

(b) The departmental rates.

4. Compute the total costs per unit of MaxiFlow and Alaska assuming:

(a) The company-wide rate.

(b) The departmental rates.

5. Is one product affected more than the other by use of departmental rates rather than a company-wide rate?

Why or why not?

In this case, you are provided the overhead cost data for the Auerbach Enterprises. Management needs advice in determining how to allocate these costs utilizing a job order costing system either department-wide or company-wide. Address Questions 1through 5 located at the end of the case. Based on the case questions, you are required to provide a three to five double-spaced written report addressing management’s concerns and providing recommendations. The written report should be properly formatted according to APA guidelines and demonstrate research and critical thinking skills. Conclusions and recommendations should be supported by at least 2 scholarly sources from the Ashford Library or other external sources, excluding the textbook. For Questions 1 through 4, you will need to complete several calculations. Be sure to label and clearly identify your work to demonstrate your understanding of the concept even if you arrive at the incorrect answer. The calculations should be included as part of your analysis and written recommendations required for submission.

For Question 5, fully address management’s concerns as part of your written analysis and recommendation using the new or the previous calculations to support your recommendation/explanation. The written analysis should be supported by at least 2 scholarly sources, excluding the textbook.

Week 2 Written Assignment should:

Demonstrate graduate level work including appropriate research and critical thinking skills.

Be presented as a written analysis (not a question/answer format).

Incorporate case questions into the overall analysis.

Follow APA formatting guidelines including title page, reference page and in-text citations.

Consists of three to five double-spaced pages of content.

Provide at least 2 scholarly sources, excluding the textbook. 

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