Cost efficient mass customisation with a web-based manufacturing execution system
by Robert Obermaier; Johann Hofmann
International Journal of Mass Customisation (IJMASSC), Vol. 4, No. 3/4, 2012

Abstract: Manufacturing execution systems (MES), which allow a continuous flow of information between the systems that are part of the production process, are used in the manufacturing industry among other things as a means to facilitate mass customisation, i.e., a tremendous increase in variety and customisation without a corresponding increase in costs. Using the case of MR-CM®, an MES developed and implemented by the Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen, the function of an MES when put into practice as well as the benefit potential released in this case will be illustrated. Gains in productivity were mainly achieved by reducing setup times, which in turn led to reduced production cost and increased production flexibility. Tool inventories were reduced, and thus also the expenses of capital tied up in tools. Further advantages of MES are increasing production transparency, improved capacity utilisation and process reliability.

Online publication date: Mon, 18-Jun-2012

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