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The shift from manufacturing standard products in high volume to providing a wide variety of products in low volumes has necessitated a dramatic change in manufacturing strategies moving away from the traditional approaches which exploit economies of scale. This has influenced the design of...
Over the last two decades, Japanese products have challenged Western ones, not only in terms of cost but also on quality, reliability and delivery. This has meant that meeting customer needs on time has now entered the competitive equation. Hence, in the 1990s, time to market (TTM) has become a...
Reports some of the findings of two years′ research work carried out within a number of manufacturing engineering companies both in the United Kingdom and Brazil. All the companies belong to the automotive industry. The objective of the overall research was to analyse the relationships between...
In order to be competitive and progress to a state of excellence in manufacture, companies are currently experiencing change. Decisions have to be made about the best way forward, and some insight into the possible outcomes is desirable. There is a small but growing awareness among British...
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