Shop floor reengineering to support agility in virtual enterprise environments

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Abstract

Industrial enterprises are required to show an increasing agile behaviour in order to participate in temporary alliances (virtual enterprises) and to keep their competitiveness while facing new emerging manufacturing trends such as mass customization. The required agility should not be confined to the highlevel management aspects, but has to be a characteristic supported at all levels of the enterprise. A particularly challenging area is the shop-floor agility. Starting with a set of real world case studies, this paper presents the motivations for a proposal of a re-engineering methodology, introduces and characterises its main steps, and then focus on code generation for the control/supervision system of evolving shopfloors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-394
Number of pages14
JournalTECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY
Volume56
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Keywords

  • Floors
  • Reengineering

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