Title: Enhancing competitiveness through CAD phase of Total Agile Design System

Authors: S. Vinodh, G. Sundararaj, S.R. Devadasan, D. Kuttalingam, P.L. Meenakshi Sundaram, D. Rajanayagam

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore – 641 004, Tamil Nadu, India. ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore – 641 004, Tamil Nadu, India. ' Department of Production Engineering, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore – 641 004, Tamil Nadu, India. ' Department of Production Engineering, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore – 641 004, Tamil Nadu, India. ' Department of Production Engineering, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore – 641 004, Tamil Nadu, India. ' Standards and Systems, Salzer Electronics Limited, Coimbatore – 641 047 Tamil Nadu, India

Abstract: This paper traces the developments that have led to the evolution of Agile Manufacturing (AM) paradigm. Subsequently, a model called Total Agile Design System (TADS) is proposed to link modern product design infrastructure with AM principles. The practicality of Computer Aided Design (CAD) phase of TADS was explored in an electronics switches manufacturing company. The CAD models of the existing as well as the new switches were presented to the competent personnel of the company. Their feedback indicated the practical feasibility of driving agility in organisations for enhancing competitiveness using digitalisation and CAD modelling principles.

Keywords: competitiveness; agile manufacturing; computer aided design; CAD; modelling; computer aided manufacturing; information technology; total agile design system; TADS; product design; electronic switches.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPMB.2008.017960

International Journal of Process Management and Benchmarking, 2008 Vol.2 No.3, pp.197 - 220

Available online: 25 Apr 2008 *

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