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Changeability – An Introduction

  • Hoda A. ElMaraghy
  • H.-P. Wiendahl
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Part of the Springer Series in Advanced Manufacturing book series (SSAM)

Abstract

Manufacturing has been experiencing dynamically changing environment that presents industrialists and academics with formidable challenges to adapt to these changes effectively and economically while maintaining a high level of responsiveness, agility and competitiveness. Advances in manufacturing technologies, equipment, systems and organizational strategies are helping manufacturers meet these challenges. The ability to change and effectively manage this change is a fundamental pre-requisite for surviving and prospering in this turbulent environment. Changeability is presented as an umbrella concept that encompasses many change enablers at various levels of an industrial company throughout the life cycle of the manufacturing system. In this introduction, the scope of manufacturing changeability is outlined, the objects of change are defined, the change enablers are introduced and discussed and the change management strategy is highlighted.

Keywords

Supply Chain Manufacturing System Work Piece Product Family Assembly System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hoda A. ElMaraghy
    • 1
  • H.-P. Wiendahl
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Systems EngineeringUniversity of WindsorWindsorCanada
  2. 2.Institute of Production Systems and Logistics (IFA)University of HannoverGarbsenGermany

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