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Structures the concept of flexibility by making clear distinctions in three generic dimensions, describes the use of the framework for manufacturing flexibility by working through a concrete example. The framework was presented in “Making manufacturing flexibility operational – part 1: a...
Describes the second stage in the development of a computer‐aided inventory management system (CAIMS) for PRESTO Tools Ltd, Sheffield. Describes the development of modules for calculating the re‐order level and economic batch quantity. Reviews the inventory control policies of the company and...
Argues that today′s rapidly changing competitive environment, cost effectiveness and consistently high output quality are no longer enough to ensure corporate success. A company′s business processes must also be more responsive and flexible than those of its competitors. Innovative ways must be...
In order to ensure that the introduction of a flexible manufacturing system confers overall benefits to a company there is a need to be able to measure quantitatively and then control flexibility levels. Initially identifies the various types and levels of flexibility that are important to a...
Aims to point out some effects caused by the implementation of flexible integrated automation on employment in small and medium Italian firms. Debates some economic theses such as: intra‐firm diffusion, deskilling labour process, the role of training and, finally, the creation of technological...
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