Manufacturing in Real-Time

A Guide for Managers and Engineers in an Age of Smart Machines

By

  • Gian Frontini, Queen's University, Ontario, Canada
  • Scott Kennedy, Centre for Automotive Materials and Manufacturing (CAMM), Ontario, Canada

The development of self-operating machines is the foundation of modern manufacturing. This current manufacturing environment is based on automation and smart machines that have the ability to make things with a level of accuracy and consistency that humans cannot match. In order to maximize efficiency, engineers and managers need to change their outlooks, processes and strategies and as a result, adopt new methods and management systems. The authors demonstrate what is needed by first presenting a brief history of manufacturing and the changes we have already seen and then make their way into the current manufacturing environment. Topics covered include supply chain management, product streams, the role of automation in the supply chain, the relationships between machines and people in automated product streams (looking at what machines do best and what humans do best), variation and quality control, statistical process control, the flow of information in a supply chain and how all of these elements are effected by new technologies and need to be changed to allow for maximum efficiency as we move more toward automation in factories.
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Audience

Industrial Engineers, Manufacturing Management, TechniciansStudents in Manufacturing courses

 

Book information

  • Published: June 2003
  • Imprint: BUTTERWORTH HEINEMANN
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-7722-6


Table of Contents

The Historical Development of Flow in Manufacturing; Dynamics in the Marketplace; Introduction to Product Streams; Automation in the Factory; Variation in Dynamic Systems; The Statistical Meaning of Profitable Manufacturing; In Praise of Simplicity; Organizations for Real-Time Decision Making; Next-Generation Manufacturing and the Virtual Reality Plant; Industrial Engineers and Intelligent Machines