Reconfiguration as a responsive tool for the agile-centric global manufacturing complexity domain
by Michael Flowers, Kai Cheng
International Journal of Internet Manufacturing and Services (IJIMS), Vol. 3, No. 1, 2011

Abstract: The lack of in-depth understanding and measurement of manufacturing complexity continues to be problematic for multinational manufacturing organisations. The dynamics of constantly changing customer requirements, a causative agent of manufacturing complexity, challenge existing manufacturing systems to adapt and respond to the changing functional requirements time-cost-effectively. In this paper, we present a theoretical model as an entropic measure of complexity applicable to manufacturing operations and an investigation of the feasibility of adapting a hydraulic cam to a conventional system for optimal machining of high strength steel in the category of automotive grades. In order to establish a conclusive economic index for reconfiguration of conventional systems as a competitive advantage for the agile-centric global manufacturing environment, the surface topography of sheared edges of machined parts and piercing force were analysed using Zygo New View 200 scanning white light interferometer and MATLAB respectively.

Online publication date: Thu, 27-Nov-2014

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