CIRP Encyclopedia of Production Engineering

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Cladistics for Products and Manufacturing

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Cladistics is a hierarchical classification technique which reveals evolution courses of organisms based on their shared characters. It was originally introduced and developed by Hennig ( 1966, republished in English in 1999). Cladistics generates phylogenetic trees (Fig. 1), which are acyclic tree graphs that show the relationships between the studied entities and are called “cladograms.”
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Intelligent Manufacturing Systems CenterUniversity of WindsorWindsorCanada
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical and Industrial EngineeringUniversity of MinnesotaDuluthUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Günther Schuh
    • 1
  1. 1.Forschungsinstitut für Rationalisierung (FIR) e. VRWTH AachenAachenGermany