Presents a distributed manufacturing system concept designed to address the problem of flexibility in providing a variety of parts in small to medium batches. Discusses links with CADCAM hardware structure levels, software structure, and the human‐centred approach adopted. Surmises that the key to the distributed systems effectiveness lies in co‐ordination and co‐operation between the area and cell levels rather than information.
Besant, C.B., Ristic, M., Champ, P., Jansen, E.P., Hancke, R.A. and Hatziconstantis, L. (1990), "Manufacturing systems", Integrated Manufacturing Systems, Vol. 1 No. 4, pp. 190-195. https://doi.org/10.1108/EUM0000000002073
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