flexible production


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flexible production

the ability to switch rapidly from the manufacture of one product to another. Flexible production is a key element of post-Fordism and contrasts with the inflexible production of standardized products for mass consumption which was character istic of Fordism (see FORDISM AND POST-FORDISM). Flexible production has been made possible by the development of new technologies which allow rapid product switches with a minimum of down time, as well as by the adoption of more organic forms of business organization, by decentralization, by subcontracting, by developing skill-flexible core workforces, and by the GLOBALIZATION OF PRODUCTION. Systems of flexible production help to create the material possibilities for the individual selection/ choice of life style and identity which is held to be a character istic of the postmodernist age (see POSTMODERNITY AND POSTMODERNISM).
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Attention to details, such as oil and hydraulic reservoirs mounted on the exterior for ease of maintenance, contributes to the improvements in the plug-and-play specification of new, flexible production cells.
We are at an interesting phase of growth with the markets demanding swift responses from manufacturers, and I'm proud to say that with this plant's amazingly flexible production lines of both petrol and diesel engines, we're well-poised to move quickly," Boneham added.
The FlexFlow system is used in flexible production programmes with frequent lot changes.
The companies said that they will combine Renesas' MONOS (Metal-Oxide-Nitride-Oxide-Silicon) technology supporting high reliability and high speed and high-quality technical support with TSMC's advanced CMOS process technologies and flexible production capacity.
Frank-Peter Arndt, BMW AG board member for production, said: "We will install a highly flexible production system that will ensure the Hams Hall site remains as a state-of-the-art facility, reinforcing the long-term future of the plant and securing the jobs at Hams Hall.
Karsan, Turkey's one and only multi-branded commercial vehicle producer, provides services to the world's leading brands in its modern end flexible production plants with more than 40 years of experience in the automotive sector.
In flexible production systems is included one to tree technological devices can works at an automated working cycle.
According to the company, FlexAct offers new possibilities for designing efficient and flexible production processes by using out of the box disposable unit operations.
As a full-fledged workstation, FlexAct offers new possibilities for designing efficient and flexible production processes by using out of the box disposable unit operations.
Thanks to Nolke's close co-operation with its customers' product development teams and its highly flexible production capabilities, products can be manufactured and finished according to specific requirements.
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