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The paper presents some results and conclusions of a two‐year research project encompassing ten interacting companies belonging to the Brazilian automotive supply network. The goal of the research is to explore current practices in terms of the commercial relationship between them. Specifically,...
This study, utilizing an advanced manufacturing technology (AMT) intensity index, first, examines the variations in a company’s performance as a function of the simultaneous effect of organizational commitment and the dimensions of manufacturing technology intensity and, second, using the...
Argues that the design of the Volvo Uddevalla plant may be described as a process with an “internal logic” in which design options were eliminated through irreversible design decisions until only one alternative remained ‐ an unorthodox alternative comprising, for example, long cycle time work...
Automated guide vehicles (AGVs) are driverless vehicles that perform material handling operations in both flexible and conventional facilities. We provide here a review of recent work on the design of AGV guide paths and dispatching rules, including related issues such as idle vehicle location,...
This paper is a description of an automated overhead warehouse system, developed to store car seat covers and then to feed them to the Renault car assembly plant at Palencia (Spain). It is based on trolleys moved through monorails and stored in accumulation bars (or monorails) by gravity, having...
Just‐in‐time (JIT) manufacturing systems have attracted the attention of industries all over the world. The perceptible impact of JIT lies in attaining the far‐reaching productivity and quality standards. Attempts have been made to examine JIT, its benefits and elements for their feasibility in...
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