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The benefits of integrated design and manufacturing systems in mid to high volume production are widely accepted. The low production volume, large component size and high complexity product domain is less well served by this technology. Examples of this kind of product are machine tools, ships,...
An intelligent decision‐support system was designed for assessing schedulability prior to assigning parts for scheduling. This was designed as part of a larger system for intelligent, real‐time control of a manufacturing system operation, where one of the system objectives was...
Competition in New Zealand and Australian markets for manufactured goods has increased in the last five years. Reduced government licensing and trade barriers have been major causes of the increased competition. This has caused changes in the management practices of many manufacturing firms....
Describes the development of an application for a computer‐integrated manufacturing environment which facilitates the communication links between different sub‐systems of the manufacturing system. Using the Pick operating system and a database management system, a prototype was designed for...
Describes a production scheduler, which utilizes a hybrid push/pull approach to scheduling and exploits the expert system technology in order to obtain satisfactory solutions. The scheduler is applied to a multi‐stage production and inventory system, managed by make‐to‐order, with a large...
Argues that all manufacturing organizations contain the same basic elements needed to be world class, but some perform much better than others through attention to integration and closer synchronization of value‐adding activity. Considers the evidence that throughput time reduction in the...
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