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Measuring The Need For Manufacturing Flexibility And Evaluating Its Economic Benefits, Navin Karwande Dec 1996

Measuring The Need For Manufacturing Flexibility And Evaluating Its Economic Benefits, Navin Karwande

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Flexible systems are known of enabling organizations to take advantage of diversified products, low volume production items with short life-cycles. They also improve the ability to respond to market changes. Flexibility has thus become a strategic manufacturing need in recent years.

Because of the high initial capital outlay involved, the selection of the appropriate flexible solution has become a critical issue. This thesis proposes a methodology to determine the most cost effective and feasible flexibility strategy. A flexibility audit is developed to analyze and evaluate the changes taking place in a facility's environment. These changes and a measurement scheme ...