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Case study
Publication date: 13 August 2021

Siew Mui Kong, Rajendran Muthuveloo, Josephine Ie Lyn Chan and Ai Ping Teoh

This paper aims to enable students craft a winning corporate strategy applicable for organizations in various contexts. The practical approach consists of conducting…

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Learning outcomes

This paper aims to enable students craft a winning corporate strategy applicable for organizations in various contexts. The practical approach consists of conducting scenario planning based on internal and external environment analysis, identifying the winning factor, proposing an implementation strategy of entry and exit strategies, and future customers, and evaluating matching of business ethics and legality.

Case overview/synopsis

Wesley Chen, the executive director and group chief executive officer, has the ultimate challenge of leading his management team to operate from a sole proprietorship management style to a listed large company in the Malaysian Stock Exchange. He identified the gap in the need to craft a winning corporate strategy for business sustainability. The corporate strategy should address expansion of their service offerings and needs to be carefully crafted to suit TopSteel’s risk appetite and overall business strategy. The strategy must also consider the internal and external factors that TopSteel faced with, identify the core competency of TopSteel, build in strategic agility in the implementation plans to address the dynamic business landscape, and most importantly ensure the corporate strategy must be in compliance to ethical and legal standards. The case study documents the one year of transition of TopSteel’s operations with a strong focus on the strategic management process direction for a winning OEM+ model through the use of SWIM concept.

Complexity academic level

This case is suitable for undergraduate or postgraduate programs or even executive courses in strategic management.

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Subject code

CSS 11: Strategy

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Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies, vol. 11 no. 2
Type: Case Study
ISSN: 2045-0621

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Article
Publication date: 1 May 1995

3M reports that it has developed a material which adds electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)‐shielding in a one‐step, thermoforming operation, eliminating the need for a…

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3M reports that it has developed a material which adds electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)‐shielding in a one‐step, thermoforming operation, eliminating the need for a second, costly and time‐consuming EMC shield‐adding process.

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Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, vol. 67 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0002-2667

Article
Publication date: 18 January 2022

Abrar Malik, Mir Irfan Ul Haq, Ankush Raina and Kapil Gupta

Environmental degradation has emerged as one of the major limitations of industrial revolution and has led to an increased focus towards developing sustainable strategies…

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Purpose

Environmental degradation has emerged as one of the major limitations of industrial revolution and has led to an increased focus towards developing sustainable strategies and techniques. This paper aims to highlight the sustainability aspects of three-dimensional (3D) printing technology that helps towards a better implementation of Industry 4.0. It also aims to provide a brief picture of relationships between 3D printing, Industry 4.0 and sustainability. The major goal is to facilitate the researchers, scholars, engineers and recommend further research, development and innovations in the field.

Design/methodology/approach

The various enabling factors for implementation of Industry 4.0 are discussed in detail. Some barriers to incorporation of 3D Printing, its applications areas and global market scenario are also discussed. A through literature review has been done to study the detailed relationships between 3D printing, Industry 4.0 and sustainability.

Findings

The technological benefits of 3D printing are many such as weight savings, waste minimization and energy savings. Further, the production of new 3D printable materials with improved features helps in reducing the wastage of material during the process. 3D printing if used at a large scale would help industries to implement the concept of Industry 4.0.

Originality/value

This paper focuses on discussing technological revolution under Industry 4.0 and incorporates 3D printing-type technologies that largely change the product manufacturing scenario. The interrelationships between 3D printing, Industry 4.0 and sustainability have been discussed.

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Industrial Robot: the international journal of robotics research and application, vol. 49 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-991X

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Article
Publication date: 27 June 2008

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Soldering & Surface Mount Technology, vol. 20 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0954-0911

Article
Publication date: 16 January 2017

Renwei Liu, Zhiyuan Wang, Todd Sparks, Frank Liou and Cedo Nedic

This paper aims to investigate a stereo vision-based hybrid (additive and subtractive) manufacturing process using direct laser metal deposition, computer numerical…

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Purpose

This paper aims to investigate a stereo vision-based hybrid (additive and subtractive) manufacturing process using direct laser metal deposition, computer numerical control (CNC) machining and in-process scanning to repair metallic components automatically. The focus of this work was to realize automated alignment and adaptive tool path generation that can repair metallic components after a single setup.

Design/methodology/approach

Stereo vision was used to detect the defect area for automated alignment. After the defect is located, a laser displacement sensor is used to scan the defect area before and after laser metal deposition. The scan is then processed by an adaptive algorithm to generate a tool path for repairing the defect.

Findings

The hybrid manufacturing processes for repairing metallic component combine the advantages of free-form fabrication from additive manufacturing with the high-accuracy offered by CNC machining. A Ti-6Al-4V component with a manufacturing defect was repaired by the proposed process. Compared to previous research on repairing worn components, introducing stereo vision and laser scanning dramatically simplifies the manual labor required to extract and reconstruct the defect area’s geometry.

Originality/value

This paper demonstrates an automated metallic component repair process by integrating stereo vision and a laser displacement sensor into a hybrid manufacturing system. Experimental results and microstructure analysis shows that the defect area could be repaired feasibly and efficiently with acceptable heat affected zone using the proposed approach.

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Rapid Prototyping Journal, vol. 23 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1355-2546

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Article
Publication date: 1 January 1991

The title of this report can be translated as ‘Let Singapore Flourish’. The Singapore Government is probably doing more than at least 90% of the other governments of the…

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The title of this report can be translated as ‘Let Singapore Flourish’. The Singapore Government is probably doing more than at least 90% of the other governments of the world, developed and developing nations combined, to ensure that the environment is respected, so that the little island‐state does indeed flourish. In a way, this is both ironical and necessary: both because there is comparatively little nature left on the island. What there is must be preserved, at all costs. Obviously, 26 million inhabitants concentrated mainly in Singapore City makes this an enormous field of reinforced concrete, albeit with some magnificent parks and other green spaces. Even some of these are oriented towards tourism and are more man‐made than natural. The island of Sentosa, a cable‐car or 10 minute ferry ride from the world's busiest harbour, is one of Singapore's playgrounds, but this is 85% touched by man's hands. Even the ‘Nature Walk’, purporting to be through primeval tropical rain forest, is a wide beaten track through mainly secondary jungle with a dearth of wild life. To the north of the city, there is some real rain forest—thankfully in a nature reserve—but the area is so small that one wonders whether it can be self‐sustaining in its natural state. To visit natural, uninhibited rain forest, a car ride across the causeway to the neighbouring state of Johore in Malaysia is probably necessary.

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Soldering & Surface Mount Technology, vol. 3 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0954-0911

Article
Publication date: 1 February 1992

Irene Johnston

Spotlights the problem of increases in administration brought about by more widespread certification to the ISO 9000 and BS 5750 standards. Introduces a quality records…

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Spotlights the problem of increases in administration brought about by more widespread certification to the ISO 9000 and BS 5750 standards. Introduces a quality records management system that has been designed to solve the problem of “administrative overload”, however, it also collects and collates data in several categories to provide accessible records on different subjects. Presents two case studies of businesses that are currently using the system and examines how each benefits from the features on offer.

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The TQM Magazine, vol. 4 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0954-478X

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Book part
Publication date: 4 April 2016

Stefano Fenoaltea

This paper presents the second-generation estimates for the Italian engineering industry in 1911, a year documented both by the customary demographic census, and the first…

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This paper presents the second-generation estimates for the Italian engineering industry in 1911, a year documented both by the customary demographic census, and the first industrial census. The first part of this paper uses the census data to estimate the industry’s value added, sector by sector; the second further disaggregates each sector by activity, and estimates the value added, employment, physical product, and metal consumption of each one. A third, concluding section dwells on the dependence of cross-section estimates on time-series evidence. Three appendices detail the specific algorithms that generate the present estimates; a fourth, a useful sample of firm-specific data.

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Research in Economic History
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78635-276-7

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Article
Publication date: 1 August 1998

Jaroslav Mackerle

This paper gives a review of the finite element techniques (FE) applied in the area of material processing. The latest trends in metal forming, non‐metal forming, powder…

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This paper gives a review of the finite element techniques (FE) applied in the area of material processing. The latest trends in metal forming, non‐metal forming, powder metallurgy and composite material processing are briefly discussed. The range of applications of finite elements on these subjects is extremely wide and cannot be presented in a single paper; therefore the aim of the paper is to give FE researchers/users only an encyclopaedic view of the different possibilities that exist today in the various fields mentioned above. An appendix included at the end of the paper presents a bibliography on finite element applications in material processing for 1994‐1996, where 1,370 references are listed. This bibliography is an updating of the paper written by Brannberg and Mackerle which has been published in Engineering Computations, Vol. 11 No. 5, 1994, pp. 413‐55.

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Engineering Computations, vol. 15 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-4401

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Article
Publication date: 28 March 2008

C.Y. Hsu, C.K. Huang and G.J. Tzou

This purpose of this study is to investigate an effective method to manufacture propellers.

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Purpose

This purpose of this study is to investigate an effective method to manufacture propellers.

Design/methodology/approach

The investment casting process and injection molding process have been applied separately to the rapid prototyping/rapid tooling (RP/RT) to obtain metal (Al‐Si alloy) propellers and plastic (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene – ABS) propellers. The two different manufacturing processes were compared following the same master model (MM). The Moldflow software is used to optimize the experimental parameters of the molding. Furthermore, a gypsum type of powder is used to produce the RP MM of the propeller according to the Pro‐E software. The RP MM then is filled with a metallic resin material (at room temperature) to obtain a wax mold. Then, this wax mold was coating by dipping the ZrO2 slurry to improve heat resistant ability, and following solidification, and then filled with metal alloy to obtain metal (Al‐Si alloy) propellers. Another process, the RP MM by dipping the ZrO2 slurry to increase the heat resistance and then is filled with aluminum alloy and an injection mold can be obtained, the plastic (ABS) propellers can be duplicated. To ensure the precision of dimension and improves the surface roughness for the RT (metallic resin mold and aluminum alloy mold), the contour of the duplicated molds were milling with the high‐speed CNC manufacturing program.

Findings

The advantage of this process is that combining the RP/RT system with the high‐speed CNC machining center enables easy production of injection molds.

Originality/value

This process provides engineers with a quick way to fabricate parts and modify the designs. This study demonstrates that this process provides a practical way to fabricate parts and saves the cost and time which increases market competition. The molds with high precision and good surface roughness were duplicated by the rapid‐prototype technique. Furthermore, this investigation demonstrates that: if the product contains special shapes? The material requires a large amount of cutting? or In the case of expensive and hard to machine materials, the proposed process is the best choice to duplicate cost‐effective mold.

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Rapid Prototyping Journal, vol. 14 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1355-2546

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