Journal of Systems Integration

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 167–185 | Cite as

System Thoughts in Manufacturing

  • Nikitas A. Assimakopoulos


In this paper we present a taxonomy of manufacturing problems, labeled in a general sense as Design, Production, or Distribution problems. One or more basic systems concepts, such as complexity and adaptation, attach themselves to each such problems. By combining the hierarchical Design—Production—Distribution idea with system concepts, we establish the fact that there is, indeed, a significant systems component to most problems of modern manufacturing.

flexibility complexity systems approach taxonomy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nikitas A. Assimakopoulos
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  1. 1.Department of InformaticsUniversity of PiraeusPiraeusGreece

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