15-58Four Variance AnalysisAble Control Company, which manufactures electrical switches, usesa standard cost system and carries all inventory and standard cost.The standard factory overhead cost per switch is based on directlabor hoursVariable Overhead (5 hours at $8.00/hr) = $40.00Fixed Overhead (5 hours at $12.00/hr) = $60.00Total standard overhead cost per unit produced = $100.00**based on practical capacity of 300,000 direct labor hours per monthThe following information is for the month of October:- The company produced 56,000 switches, although 60,000 switches were scheduled to be produced.- The company worked 275,000 direct labor hours at a total cost of $2,550,000.- Variable overhead costs were $2,340,000.- Fixed overhead costs were $3,750,000.The production manager argued during the last performance review that the company should use more up-to-date base for charging factory overhead costs to production.She commented that her factory had been highly automated in the last two yearsand as a result now has hardly any direction labor. The factory hires only highlyskilled workers to set up production runs and to do periodic adjustments ofmachinery whenever the need arisesRequired1. Compute the following for Able Control Company: a. The fixed overhead spending variance for October. b. The production-volume variance for October. c. The variable overhead spending variance for October. d. The variable overhead efficiency variance for October.2. Comment on the implications of the variances and suggest any action that the company should take to improve its operations.
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