Agile Manufacturing: The 21st Century Competitive Strategy by A. Gunasekaran

By A. Gunasekaran

Agile production is outlined because the strength of surviving and prospering in a aggressive surroundings of continuing and unpredictable switch by means of reacting quick and successfully to altering markets, pushed via customer-designed services. severe to effectively reaching AM are a number of allowing applied sciences equivalent to the traditional for the alternate of goods (STEP), concurrent engineering, digital production, component-based hierarchical store ground keep an eye on method, info and communique infrastructure, etc.

The scope of the ebook is to give the undergraduate and graduate scholars, senior managers and researchers in production platforms layout and administration, commercial engineering and data expertise with the conceptual and theoretical foundation for the layout and implementation of AMS. additionally, the booklet makes a speciality of wide coverage directives and plans of agile production that advisor the tracking and comparing the producing recommendations and their functionality. an issue fixing strategy is taken during the ebook, emphasizing the context of agile production and the complexities to be addressed.

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T h e mechanism uses a piezoelectric pump, which operates when an electric charge is applied, generating a shock wave that propels 50-/~m droplets of wax at a rate of 10,000 per second (Kalpakjian, 1995). Prototyping is a vehicle for expediting the product design process, thereby reducing time to market. Prototyping helps firms to test proposed designs against customer requirements. This is particularly important in making sure that products meet customer needs--a must for agile manufacturers. 7 Electronic Commerce Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is the computer-to-computer exchange of standard business documents such as purchase orders, invoices, and bills of lading, among organisations.

Concurrent engineering is a term used to describe processes or activities performed in parallel (simultaneously). Concurrent engineering of design activities is depicted in Figure 12. Concurrent engineering is often discussed in the context of product and process design--they proceed in a parallel, coordinated fashion. Concurrent engineering is synonymous with simultaneous engineering (Figure 12, Slack et al, 1995). "Simultaneous engineering means that people who design or manufacture products work under the same targets and the same sense of values to tackle the same problems enthusiastically from the early phases.

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