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The research reported here derives from a recently completedquestionnaire survey of the UK mechanical engineering industry and aseries of followup case studies. The case studies investigated theproduct design strategies adopted by firms for achieving competitiveedge. It was found that companies...
The use of innovation to achieve a competitive advantage is notnew. What is of current interest is how some manufacturing organizationshave used the speed of product innovation to gain competitive edge. Toimplement such a competitive strategy effectively, many firms haveapplied the technique of...
Reports on ongoing research in developing generative processplanning systems. Presents a featurebased model for describingcomponent geometry and its structural aspects connectivity and ahierarchical structure for form features definition and classification,as well as methods for representing the...
Develops and describes a knowledgebased systems approach which maybe used to highlight the disparity between the essential andordesirable prerequisites for the implementation of effective masterproduction scheduling MPS systems and what actually exists in a givenmanufacturing environment....
In pace with an increasing awareness of the negative effects, bothin terms of productivity and social aspects, of taking the division ofwork and specialization too far, the question concerning transfer ofmaintenance work from the maintenance unit to the operators hasincreasingly been focused....
Manufacturing strategy needs to be appropriate to the needs of theorganization acceptable to all employees, and capable of subsequentrenewal by management. To achieve this, attention needs to be paid notonly to the objectives and framework of the manufacturing strategy, butalso to the processes...
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