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Article
Publication date: 1 January 1993

W. Rocky Newman, Mark Hanna and Mary Jo Maffei

Provides an empirically based discussion of the uncertainties facedby typical manufacturing firms and how they attempt to accommodate thatuncertainty through increased…

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Provides an empirically based discussion of the uncertainties faced by typical manufacturing firms and how they attempt to accommodate that uncertainty through increased manufacturing flexibility. Suggests a dynamic equilibrium model which helps to illustrate the trade‐offs and interrelationships between the manufacturing flexibility inherent in a firm′s processes and infrastructure, the uncertainties faced by the firm, and the way in which the firm′s processes and infrastructures are buffered with inventory, lead time, and capacity. In addition, suggests a set of auditing checklists which build on earlier work by Skinner. This process helps the firm to identify its relative position in terms of the dynamic equilibrium model and also to identify long‐term objectives for improving its competitiveness within the marketplace.

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International Journal of Operations & Production Management, vol. 13 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0144-3577

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Publication date: 1 August 1994

Mary Jo Maffei and Jack Meredith

Presents eight guidelines to help managers better utilize their flexiblemanufacturing technology (FMT). Suggests changes in the operator′s role,the production planning…

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Presents eight guidelines to help managers better utilize their flexible manufacturing technology (FMT). Suggests changes in the operator′s role, the production planning system and the integration of departments. The conclusions are based primarily on an in‐depth study of six companies using FMT. One of the overriding findings is the importance of the human element in the successful use of FMT.

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International Journal of Operations & Production Management, vol. 14 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0144-3577

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Publication date: 1 October 1999

W. Rocky Newman and Mary Jo Maffei

Examines the relative effects of alternative approaches to dealing with the intractable problem of managing a job shop. The effect of routing flexibility, simple order…

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Examines the relative effects of alternative approaches to dealing with the intractable problem of managing a job shop. The effect of routing flexibility, simple order release mechanisms based on aggregate shop load, and local job prioritizing rules are examined together. While the impact of each experimental parameter is found to be significant, the impact of flexibility greatly overshadows those of the other parameters. These results support further examination and more normative understanding of how flexibility and better production planning and control may best be used in various competitive situations.

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Integrated Manufacturing Systems, vol. 10 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-6061

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Publication date: 14 May 2003

Jonathan L Gifford

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Flexible Urban Transportation
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ISBN: 978-0-08-050656-2

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Publication date: 14 May 2003

Jonathan L Gifford

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Flexible Urban Transportation
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-0-08-050656-2

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