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Aerodynamic feeding systems: an example for changeable technology

Thomas Frädrich (Institute of Production Systems and Logistics, Leibniz University of Hanover, Garbsen, Germany)
Julia Pachow‐Frauenhofer (Institute of Production Systems and Logistics, Leibniz University of Hanover, Garbsen, Germany)
Fiege Torsten (Institute of Production Systems and Logistics, Leibniz University of Hanover, Garbsen, Germany)
Peter Nyhuis (Institute of Production Systems and Logistics, Leibniz University of Hanover, Garbsen, Germany)

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Article publication date: 22 February 2011

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to transfer the idea of changeability to a concrete technical application.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on the definition of changeability on a factory level, a transformation of the five change enablers specified therein for the work station level using the example of an aerodynamic feeding system takes place in this paper.

Findings

The observed aerodynamic feeding system can be determined as changeable.

Practical implications

Changeable systems are able to react with low effort to exterior influences, e.g. of the market, and thus represent a considerable competitive advantage.

Originality/value

The new element in this paper is the observation of change enablers on the work station level. This point of view enables the concrete figuration of changeable technical systems.

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Citation

Frädrich, T., Pachow‐Frauenhofer, J., Torsten, F. and Nyhuis, P. (2011), "Aerodynamic feeding systems: an example for changeable technology", Assembly Automation, Vol. 31 No. 1, pp. 47-52. https://doi.org/10.1108/01445151111104164

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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