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Enabling Manufacturing Competitiveness and Economic Sustainability

Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual production (CARV2011), Montreal, Canada, 2-5 October 2011

  • Hoda A. ElMaraghy
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Vision And Future Prespectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. H. ElMaraghy, T. AlGeddawy, A. Azab, W. ElMaraghy
      Pages 2-9
    3. M. F. Zaeh, M. Ostgathe, F. Geiger, G. Reinhart
      Pages 10-17
    4. A. Bernard, J. Daaboul, F. Laroche, C. Da Cunha
      Pages 18-25
  3. Manufacturing Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. J. S. Baldwin, C. Rose-Anderssen, K. Ridgway
      Pages 28-34
    3. K. Chandrasekaran, A. Djuric, W. H. ElMaraghy
      Pages 41-46
    4. Aydin Nassehi, Stephen Newman, Vimal Dhokia, Zicheng Zhu, Reza Imani Asrai
      Pages 52-56
    5. H. Wicaksono, V. Schubert, S. Rogalski, Y. Ait Laydi, J. Ovtcharova
      Pages 63-67
    6. D. Spath, S. Gerlach, O. Scholtz, M. Hämmerle, T. Krause
      Pages 68-73
    7. Philip Hollstein, Heiner Lasi, Hans-Georg Kemper
      Pages 92-98
    8. A. Arafa, W. H. ElMaraghy
      Pages 99-104

About these proceedings


The changing manufacturing environment requires more responsive and adaptable manufacturing systems. The theme of the 4th International Conference on Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual production (CARV2011) is “Enabling Manufacturing Competitiveness and Economic Sustainability”. Leading edge research and best implementation practices and experiences, which address these important issues and challenges, are presented. The proceedings include advances in manufacturing systems design, planning, evaluation, control and evolving paradigms such as mass customization, personalization, changeability, re-configurability and flexibility. New and important concepts such as the dynamic product families and platforms, co-evolution of products and systems, and methods for enhancing manufacturing systems’ economic sustainability and prolonging their life to produce more than one product generation are treated. Enablers of change in manufacturing systems, production volume and capability scalability and managing the volatility of markets, competition among global enterprises and the increasing complexity of products, manufacturing systems and management strategies are discussed. Industry challenges and future directions for research and development needed to help both practitioners and academicians are presented.


Enablers of change Global Competitiveness Manufacturing Systems Paradigms Manufacturing Systems Sustainability Transformation and change management

Editors and affiliations

  • Hoda A. ElMaraghy
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Engineering, Intelligent Manufacturing SystemsUniversity of WindsorWindsorCanada

About the editors

Professor Hoda A. ElMaraghy is Director of the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) Centre, University of Windsor and Canada Research Chair in Manufacturing Systems (since 2002). She obtained Master & PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from McMaster University where she was Professor and founding Director of its FMS R&D Centre. In 1994 she became the first woman Dean of Engineering in Canada at the University of Windsor.
Professor ElMaraghy is a Fellow of CIRP, SME and CSME and senior Member of ASME. She received numerous honours and awards. She is a member of the Editorial Board of several international journals. Her current research includes: Manufacturing Systems Flexibility, Reconfiguration and Changeability, Products and Production Systems Modelling and Co‐Evolution and Process and Production Planning. She trained more than 100 Master and PhD students and has over 380 publications.

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