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The term flexibility is extensively used inmanufacturing literature and yet very loosely defined. Sometimes it isused to characterise a manufacturers strategic intention and othertimes to characterise the manufacturers processes and infrastructure.The terms strategic flexibility and...
The article argues that many of the difficulties encountered inexploiting computerintegrated technologies result from their beingimplemented as part of an attempt to change from a mass production to aflexible manufacturing paradigm. It is further argued that this alsorequires changes in the...
Increased flexibility is discussed as the key to competitiveadvantage in the CIM factory. The treatment begins with the customer andworks backwards to show how CIM technology affects competitive strategyfor example in economy of scope, truncated product life cycle,multimission facilities,...
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