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  1. Abstract
  2. Introduction
  3. A study of agile manufacturing
    1. What is agile manufacturing?
  4. Literature review of agile manufacturing
  5. Scope for further research work
  6. Conclusion
  7. References

The journey of manufacturing from the job shop to mass production has evolved several tools and techniques. However, today before the world of work, globalization and ICT have posed severe challenges like how to meet unpredictable and continually changing market demands for product and services. Tools like TQM, JIT, Lean Manufacturing, FMS, CIM, six-sigma, PLM are found to be un-able to cope up with the agile market environment. Agile manufacturing can be the answer. In this paper a review of agile manufacturing literature is presented. Agile is a concept like gravity, mind, infinity or electrical current that cannot be seen but can be sensed and realized. Scope for future research work is also presented. Systems thinking, thoughts, actions and deeds of people and good blending of hard and soft skills can lead an organization to agile environment rather than fully depending on inanimate ICT data. It is believed that this paper will prove to be of interest to all agile people.

[...] The authors have proposed two decision models to assess the value of agility: Spreadsheet model and Decision Tree model Industry perception and comparison of dedicated, agile and FMS is based on such six factors as initial investment cost, cost to introduce new models, time to introduce new models, production volume capability, equipment reusability for other machining applications and capability to introduce new (unplanned) models The study could prove interesting to extend decisions to an enterprise perspective: where to use flexible, agile and dedicated systems to build a most ?robust and resilient? manufacturing enterprise. [...]


[...] For integrated management system to succeed a change in the people's perception of the organization is required accompanied with a change in the activities performed. For road map change the simple technique is to have four sections equated to why, what, how and when of the proposed change, have in mind? and use Deming's cycle of continuous improvement, Plan, Do, Check and Act. Made2Manage software provides a deeper insight in lean manufacturing The roots of LM can be traced in JIT and demand flow disciplines that arose at Toyota and other Japanese manufacturing companies decades ago. [...]

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