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A conceptual framework for structuring a flexible manufacturing system (FMS) environment called an open automation architecture (OAA) is proposed. The framework is based on the open‐systems approach to information system development. OAA proposes partitioning of the manufacturing environment...
This paper describes the use of parametric modelling techniques in the design of drinking bottles. A customised application programme is developed and integrated for the design and manufacture of a blow mould bottle within a proprietary CAD/CAM software named Duct5. One such conceptual design is...
Attempts to develop a model of maintenance decision making using the analytic hierarchy (AHP). Describes problems in maintenance arising from not having clear criteria and not having robust decisions with which to maintain failing equipment. The objective being to develop a dynamic and adaptable...
Handling feature interaction is an unsolved issue in feature recognition approach. This paper presents a method for recognizing the presence of feature interactions. First, based on the convex hull concept, a so‐called reference face is defined. Second, by adding the reference face into the...
Many organisations have undergone change to make processes run concurrently in the design and redesign of new products, seeking improvement of their competitive position. Though there are many prescriptions available to the practitioner, few have been grounded in “what has worked best” across...
Discusses a proposed model which presents various possible modes of behaviour during the implementation of advanced manufacturing technology (AMT) and highlighting different interaction approaches between suppliers and users of technological innovation. Presents three models of interaction...
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