Global Journal of Flexible Systems Management

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 291–302 | Cite as

Measurement of Load and Capacity Flexibility in Manufacturing

Original Research

Abstract

The importance of flexibility in manufacturing will further increase with the continuous progression of the fourth industrial revolution. Above all, the target lot size one and the accompanying, continuously expanding diversity of variants require extensive flexibility potentials in manufacturing. In this paper, a literature review is given of flexibility types and measurement approaches in manufacturing. Regarding this, the measurement approaches will be classified based on their measurement principle. In addition, an evaluation of these measures using defined requirements takes place. The self-developed measurement methods which are described in this paper make a contribution to the systematic identification of the current load and capacity flexibility in manufacturing. An explanatory case study illustrates the application of these methods which are based on modelling and analysis of workload fluctuations in waiting queues.

Keywords

Capacity flexibility Flexibility measures Flexibility types Load flexibility Production planning and control 

Notes

Funding

Funding was partially provided by European Social Funds (Grant No. 100081212).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chair of Production Economics and Information TechnologyTechnical UniversityDresdenGermany

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