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Making manufacturing flexibility operational – part 1: a framework

Carl‐Henric Nilsson (Research Fellow at the Department of Industrial Engineering, Lund Institute of Technology, Lund, Sweden.)
Håkan Nordahl (Research Fellow at the Department of Industrial Engineering, Lund Institute of Technology, Lund, Sweden.)

Integrated Manufacturing Systems

ISSN: 0957-6061

Article publication date: 1 February 1995

Abstract

Develops a framework for manufacturing flexibility which illustrates how to obtain consistency from manufacturing strategy to the resource characteristics in the production system. Provides guidance on how to analyse and develop manufacturing flexibility in a corporate decision‐making context. Uses the well‐known input‐transformation‐output (ITO) model as a starting point for building the frame‐work. Makes a clear distinction between internal and external factors impinging on the company, connecting the market demand for flexibility, the characteristics of the production system and the flexibility of the suppliers. Pursues the connection from the strategic level to the individual resource characteristics in the production system.

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Nilsson, C. and Nordahl, H. (1995), "Making manufacturing flexibility operational – part 1: a framework", Integrated Manufacturing Systems, Vol. 6 No. 1, pp. 5-11. https://doi.org/10.1108/09576069510076108

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