Making Manufacturing Flexibility Operational Part 1 - A Framework

Carl-Henric Nilsson, Håkan Nordahl

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Develops a framework for manufacturing flexibility which illustrates how to obtain consistency from manufacturing strategy to the resource characteristics in the production system. Provides guidance on how to analyse and develop manufacturing flexibility in a corporate decision-making context. Uses the well-known input-transformation-output (ITO) model as a starting point for building the frame-work. Makes a clear distinction between internal and external factors impinging on the company, connecting the market demand for flexibility, the characteristics of the production system and the flexibility of the suppliers. Pursues the connection from the strategic level to the individual resource characteristics in the production system
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-11
Number of pages6
JournalIntegrated Manufacturing Systems
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1995

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Engineering and Technology

Free keywords

  • Manufacturing strategy
  • flexibility
  • Input/output analysis
  • Supply and demand


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