Title: The design of competitive manufacturing systems

Authors: John Parnaby

Addresses: Group Director of Manufacturing Technology, Lucas Industries PLC, Great King Street, Birmingham B19 2XF, UK

Abstract: The design of competitive, complex, modern manufacturing systems requires the consistent professional application of systems engineering skills of the highest order and requires changes from traditional organizational approaches to support the process. In the systems engineering approach attention must be paid to all factors, whether human, organizational or technical. A structured and methodical approach to systems engineering is essential to success, and a new breed of systems engineer and manager is needed who can understand and apply the approach in practice. (Based on a paper presented to the 4th International Conference on Systems Engineering, Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry, UK, 10-12 September 1985.)

Keywords: business strategy; flexible manufacturing systems; FMS; systems engineering; competitive manufacturing.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.1986.026118

International Journal of Technology Management, 1986 Vol.1 No.3/4, pp.385 - 396

Published online: 27 May 2009 *

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