The Effective Implementation and Operation of Flexible Manufacturing Systems

Boer, Harry; Krabbendam, Koos
December 1992
International Studies of Management & Organization;Winter92/93, Vol. 22 Issue 4, p33
Academic Journal
The article proposes a model for the effective implementation and operation of flexible manufacturing systems (FMS). An FMS is a group of processing stations that are interconnected by means of an automated material handling and storage system, and controlled by an integrated computer system. Characteristics that distinguish FMS from conventional manufacturing equipment are their technical flexibility and complexity resulting from the integration, mechanization, and reprogrammable control of operations. The benefits of FMS can be classified as follows: improved market performance; reduced costs of operations; and improved operations management. These benefits can only be partially achieved by installing an FMS and using the characteristics. Rather, the adoption of FMS entails a manufacturing innovation comprising the adoption and implementation of a broad range of organizational conditions required for the effective operation of the system. It appears to be possible to use the model as a basis for deriving the conditions enhancing the likelihood of companies that are planning to implement FMS technology, to achieve their purposes by the time set.


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