Agile manufacturing (AM) refers to the capability of an organisation to quickly respond to the customers' dynamic demands. The purpose of this paper is to report a research which is carried out to explore the interfacing of computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) in a traditional manufacturing company with the purpose of acquiring AM characteristics.
The CAD model of an existing electronics switch is developed using Pro/E package. Then, the mold adviser package is used to design the existing mold of this component. On studying this mold, ten new models of it are designed using the mold adviser package.
The new models developed through CAD/CAM interfacing are found to possess more agile characteristics than those possess by the existing mold.
The explorative study is conducted in only one traditional manufacturing company. In this company several world class manufacturing strategies like kaizen and total productive maintenance are implemented. This endeavour mimics those pursue in majority of the companies situated in different parts of the world. This implies that the contributions of this research would be useful to majority of those companies as well.
A roadmap is developed which will be useful for practically applying CAD/CAM interfacing with the objective of implementing AM.
It appears that no researcher has examined the interfacing of CAD/CAM for achieving agility in manufacturing organisations. This paper reports a research, which is conducted to fill this research and practice gap. Hence, this research is original and valuable to both researchers and practitioners.
Vinodh, S., Sundararaj, G., Devadasan, S., Kuttalingam, D., Jayaprakasam, J. and Rajanayagam, D. (2009), "Agility through the interfacing of CAD and CAM", Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. 7 No. 2, pp. 143-170. https://doi.org/10.1108/17260530910974961Download as .RIS
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