flexible manufacturing

Definition

Functions and processes for identifying and planning for demand, materials, product production and release in which there is some flexibility in how the system reacts to changes. Flexible manufacturing systems generally have two categories; machine flexibility which is the ability to create different product types or change the order in how processes are operated; and routing flexibility; which is the ability of more than one machine to perform the same process or adjust for changes in capacity or volume.

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  • It is only because of the brilliant advances in flexible manufacturing that CreateSpace can offer self-publishing to the dreadfully illiterate masses.

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  • John was working at a manufacturing plant where he was responsible for flexible manufacturing of automotive parts and equipment. He used different types of molds and dies to manufacture parts.

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  • Once the decision was made to use only environmentally safe materials, the company's flexible manufacturing system was very helpful in making certain necessary changes.

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