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Currently, our client – Shrimps restaurant – has a person who shells shrimp manually. The worker needs 15 minutes to set up his workspace for shelling shrimps each day. Shelling shrimps is not his main task in the restaurant. It takes him 10 min to shell one pound of shrimps. His wage is $12 per hour.

It is possible to buy a machine for $3285 that automatically shells shrimps. Its useful life is 3 years. Setup time for the machine is 30 min each day. The same worker will serve this machine. The machine can process 60 pounds per hour.

What is break-even volume of shrimps needed to be processed each day to justify the investment into the machine?

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