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During recent years numerous design for assembly methods have been developed to optimize product design for robotic assembly and hence reduce assembly costs. Various bottlenecks in product design are, however, still encountered with the widespread application of robotic assembly systems. These...
Suggests that focused manufacturing is a strategic orientation based on limiting the set of products, technologies, production volume range, and/or target markets for which a given plant is responsible. Provides a comprehensive discussion of the concept of manufacturing focus. Suggests the...
Argues that the dichtomy between greater product variety to meet market requirement and a smaller range to save costs has always led to controversy among top executives. Researchers of different disciplines have approached the study of product variety in great depth but none of their work...
Explains that a tandem automated guided vehicle (AGV) system is composed of several non‐overlapping closed loops. Stations or machines within each loop are served by a single dedicated vehicle. The transit area located between two adjacent loops serves as an interface and allows loads to be...
Suggests that many quantitative methods have been developed in an attempt to acknowledge uncertainty in decision making and to manage the inherent risk during economic planning for new technology implementation. Outlines a relatively simple and practical risk analysis, accompanied by the...
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