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Describes a systematic way to design and develop a generic relational model for a tool management system in FMS. Reviews the need for tool database management in FMS and discusses the advantages. Highlights the requirements for a successful tool database and presents a systematic way to design...
Current evidence on the extent of JIT is based mainly on questionnaire surveys, and can give only a partial picture. Uses evidence from official statistics on stock levels, the rationale being that even if the motivation behind JIT is not to reduce stocks, its use should still have this effect....
A manufacturing planning and control (MPC) system is a major part of the infrastructure used by a firm to enhance its competitive position. Although a clear understanding of the mechanics and benefits of alternative MPC systems exists, very little is known about the relationships between such...
The aim of many publications on the subject of market‐oriented production systems has been first to help practitioners to withstand the increasing pressure on production, and second to encourage academia to investigate empirically the manufacturing strategy concept. Whereas the former aim is...
The automated manufacturing systems of the future can only be feasible if they have capabilities to recover automatically from faults and errors effectively and efficiently. Reports on the work carried out looking at error recovery problems in manufacturing cell controllers. Cell control systems...
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