Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to transfer the idea of changeability to a concrete technical application. Design/methodology/approach – Based on the definition of changeability on a factory level, a transformation of the five change enablers specified therein for the work station level using the example of an aerodynamic feeding system takes place in this paper. Findings – The observed aerodynamic feeding system can be determined as changeable. Practical implications – Changeable systems are able to react with low effort to exterior influences, e.g. of the market, and thus represent a considerable competitive advantage. Originality/value – The new element in this paper is the observation of change enablers on the work station level. This point of view enables the concrete figuration of changeable technical systems.
Assembly Automation – Emerald Publishing
Published: Feb 22, 2011
Keywords: Aerodynamics; Feeding devices; Production management; Factories
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