Title

The Impact of Mean Flow Time When Operating a Flexible Manufacturing System as a Programmable Transfer Line

Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Publication Date

7-1999

Abstract

One central aspect of lean production is the employment of multi-skilled workers, as opposed to specialized workers. With multi-skilled workers, any work team can complete any job, from start to finish. A job shop is an eclectic collection of machines of different process capabilities. In contrast, most modern flexible manufacturing systems consist of only one or two types of variable-mission machines. In this paper, the authors contend that the variable-mission machines in FMS are analogous to the multi-skilled workers in lean production.

Discipline

Operations and Supply Chain Management

Research Areas

Operations Management

Publication

PICMET '99. Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology, Portland, 25-29 July 1999

ISBN

9781890843021

Identifier

10.1109/PICMET.1999.808312

City or Country

Portland, OR, USA