mass customization

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mass customization

mass means of production able to meet the highly specific individual needs of customers (compare MASS PRODUCTION). Mass customization has become possible as the result of NEW TECHNOLOGY – see also FLEXIBLE PRODUCTION, JUST-IN-TIME MANAGEMENT. The ability to differentiate products and markets is widely seen as one defining feature of a POSTMODERN social formation. Developments in E-COMMERCE may ultimately lead to a digitalized production and distribution system which collapses the distinction between manufacturing and services. Mass customization is part of what is meant by POSTINDUSTRIAL SOCIETY and a culture of POSTMODERNITY.
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Changeover is automatic by choosing the next product configuration at the operator touchscreen panel.
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To overcome these challenges, many carriers are looking to accelerate the product development lifecycle through product configuration.
Configuration identification determines the structure of all products and their associated documentation; defines performance, interface, and other attributes for items; provides unique identity to products, components, and documentation; prescribes identification markings (if required); modifies product and document identifiers to reflect incorporation of major changes; maintains release control and baseline definition; provides reference for changes and corrective actions; and correlates document revision level to product configuration, which enables users to distinguish between product versions, allows people to correlate a product to the appropriate instructions, and correlates items to warranty/service life.
This allows for just-in-time product configuration and field upgradeability.
PeopleSoft will now offer a product configuration solution for both the sales and manufacturing processes that will allow users to create real-time product configurations through an interactive process.
In addition to offering such features as complete integration with back-end and legacy systems, full customization to specific business logic and processes, personalized pricing, order templates and catalogs and robust security, Magic eMerchant v2 was designed to provide sophisticated product configuration capabilities and a multitiered architecture to support multiple business units, stores, outlets and branches.
Product configuration promises to help OEMs in the power transmission industry stay ahead of their competition.
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