A conceptual model of a manufacturing system



This chapter provides a structured survey of the most important aspects of a modern manufacturing systems, and develops a systems model for an important type of manufacturing organization. Reading through this chapter will be like taking a ‘guided tour’ through a manufacturing system. We will follow the route that a product takes as it goes through the system, from customer inquiry to final delivery. On the journey through this ‘Manufacturing Park’ we will visit various interesting places (or, in more professional terms, the functional areas) where advanced manufacturing technology (AMT) is being used to increase productivity. This chapter is a guidebook, with ‘maps’ to help you to find your way through the rather complicated structure of operations and anecdotal information to assist you understand the basic concepts involved in various manufacturing functional areas.


Lead Time Manufacturing System Advanced Manufacturing Technology Cellular Manufacturing Function Block 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Wu
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  1. 1.Department of Manufacturing and Engineering SystemsBrunel UniversityMiddlesexUK

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