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Agile Manufacturing: The 21st Century Competitive Strategy

Agile manufacturing is defined as the capability of surviving and prospering in a competitive environment of continuous and unpredictable change by reacting quickly and effectively to changing markets, driven by customer-designed products and services. Critical to successfully accomplishing AM are a few enabling technologies such as the standard for the exchange of products (STEP), concurrent engineering, virtual manufacturing, component-based hierarchical shop floor control system, information and communication infrastructure, etc.

The scope of the book is to present the undergraduate and graduate students, senior managers and researchers in manufacturing systems design and management, industrial engineering and information technology with the conceptual and theoretical basis for the design and implementation of AMS. Also, the book focuses on broad policy directives and plans of agile manufacturing that guide the monitoring and evaluating the manufacturing strategies and their performance. A problem solving approach is taken throughout the book, emphasizing the context of agile manufacturing and the complexities to be addressed.

For researchers, students at graduate and undergraduate levels and senior managers in manufacturing systems design and management, industrial engineering and information technology.

Hardbound, 820 Pages

Published: January 2001

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-08-043567-1


  • '...a useful background to research students commencing research studies in these areas and to production managers who are planning to develop an agile manufacturing strategy.'
    A. Baykasoglu, University of Gaziantep, Turkey, International Journal of Production Research


  • Preface. Introduction to Agile Manufacturing. Agile manufacturing as the 21st century strategy for improving manufacturing (H.L. Corrêa). Agile manufacturing: concepts and framework (A. Gunasekaran et al.). Design and Development of Agile Manufacturing Systems. A strategic approach to develop agile manufacturing (J.O. Riis, J. Johansen). BM_virtual enterprise architecture reference model (G.D. Putnik). Integrated product/process development (IPPD) through robust design simulation (RDS)(D.P. Schrage, D.N. Marvis). Developing the agile enterprise (J. Bessant et al.). Towards building of knowledge-base in Indian corporations: some strategic directions (R.P. Mohanty). Enhancing agility in manufacturing: the role of QFD (D. Ginn et al.). Product development strategies for agility (S. Sharifi, K.S. Pawar). Managing people in agile organisations (D. Francis). Information Technology/Systems in Agile Manufacturing. Application of information technology in agile manufacturing (H.C.W. Lau, E.T.T. Wong). Information systems for agile manufacturing environment in the post-industrial stage (S. Subba Rao, A. Nahm). Management of complexity and information flow (E. Szczerbicki). An object-oriented optimization-based software for agile manufacturing in process industries (M. Draman et al.). Application of multimedia in agile manufacturing (R.E. McGaughey). Computational intelligence in agile manufacturing engineering (K. Wang). Computer applications in agile manufacturing (M.A. Pego Guerra, W.J. Zhang). Secure communication in distributed manufacturing systems (I. Mezgar, Z. Kincses). Supply Chain Management in Agile Manufacturing. Agile supply chain management (J. Sarkis, S. Talluri). Engineering the agile supply chain (D.R. Towill). Information technologies for virtual enterprise and agile management (N. Bajgoric). Early supplier involvement: a design-based sourcing (S. Dowlatshahi). Information technologies in supply chain management (A.V. Smirnov, C. Chandra). Enterprise integration and management in agile organizations (F.B. Vernadat). Agility, adaptability and leanness: a comparison of concepts and a study of practice (H. Katayama, D. Bennett). Operations of Agile Manufacturing Systems. Computer control of agile manufacturing systems (R.W. Brennan). Computer aided process planning for agile manufacturing environment (N.K. Jain, V.K. Jain). Aggregate capacity planning and production line design/redesign in agile manufacturing (Z. -S. Hua, P. Banerjee). The control problems of agile manufacturing (B. Ilyasov et al.). Contingency-driving autonomous cellular manufacturing - best practice in the 21st century (S.-J. Song). Role of IT/IS in physically distributed manufacturing enterprises (W.W.C. Chung, M.F.S. Chan). The method of successive assembly system design Based on the Case Studies within the Swedish automotive industry (T. Engström et al.). Strategic Approach for Agile Manufacturing. Reengineering and agile manufacturing development (G. Doumeingts et al.). Corporate knowledge management in agile manufacturing (M. Thie, D. Stokic). Agile manufacturing strategic options (V. Manthou, M. Vlachopoulou). Virtual enterprise engineering in support of distributed and agile manufacture (R.H. Weston et al.). Putting the pieces together using standards (R. Jardim-Gonçalves, A. Steiger-Garção). Enterprise integration and management (R.H. Weston, A. Hodgson). Gaining agility through supply chain management (T. Suleman, M. Zairi). Author Index.


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