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Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
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Manufacturing systems, specifically machining, are typically designed as either dedicated or flexible; representing two very different paradigms. Measures for manufacturing flexibility have been proposed; generally, according to behaviour of system or product mix. Attempts have also been made to relate flexibility to subsequent costs.
In this thesis, System Design is presented as a property of inherent attributes determined at the design stage. This provides the 'Flexibility Level' and its measurement is based on physical-functional attributes. Hence, System Design is viewed as a continuous quality, which describes both the level of flexibility and/or dedicated nature of a system.
This metric is related to cost in a model which describes system design in its entirety; including manufacturing complexity in relation to cost as a tool to minimize manufacturing costs. Consequently, system behaviour is investigated given alternate manufacturing conditions such as varying product mix and production volume requirements. Industrial examples are used.
Gonzalez Gillis, Gabriel, "Evaluation of machining systems from a complexity and cost perspectives" (2008). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 8091.