Flexibility in Manufacturing: A Proposal for Study

Jonathan Neumann, Scott Rosenkranz, Vance Wallace, Michele Walther, Aubrey Williams, Blaine Woehr

Manufacturing-evolved from Fordism to today’s "lean" technologies-is set to integrate the information and automation technologies that have revolutionized other areas of business. Combining the flexibility of human workers with the efficiency of machines, flexible manufacturing is at once exciting and dangerous to prospective companies. The Gemstone Flexible Manufacturing Research Group will better understand the significance of the shift to flexible technologies by developing a plan for the study of the benefits and liabilities specific to flexibility in manufacturing.

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