Title: Concurrent engineering and manufacturing flexibility: an integrated model

Authors: Arash Shahin; Narges Rostamian

Addresses: Department of Management, University of Isfahan, Hezar Jarib St., Isfahan, Post Code: 8174673441, Iran ' Department of Management, University of Isfahan, Hezar Jarib St., Isfahan, Post Code: 8174673441, Iran

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to propose an integrated model of concurrent engineering (CE) and manufacturing flexibility mechanisms. For this purpose, a conceptual model has been proposed, in which the dimensions of CE are interconnected with manufacturing flexibility mechanisms. A questionnaire has also been developed in order to examine the addressed linkages. Questionnaires have been fulfilled by senior managers and supervisors of two industrial organisations. Statistical analysis has been used to investigate the linkages and the viewpoints of two groups of respondents. Findings indicate that the linkage values are almost high and there is no significant difference between the two groups of respondents.

Keywords: concurrent engineering; manufacturing flexibility; integrated modelling; simultaneous engineering; flexible manufacturing.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPQM.2013.055549

International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management, 2013 Vol.12 No.2, pp.121 - 140

Available online: 12 Jun 2013 *

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