PRODUCTION ENGINEERING THE COMPETITIVE EDGE

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Production Engineering

Author : Manfred Weck
ISBN : 9781483102122
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Production Engineering: The Competitive Edge describes the applications of advanced manufacturing technologies and their environmental impact. This book contains four chapters that explore particularly the implementation of high-performance integrated system in production engineering. The first chapter deals with the association between product design, market, and manufacturing requirements, followed by a review of production management and economic and human oriented operation of production systems. The second chapter tackles the principles of the so-called “Intelligent Technologies , the potential of material-adapted machines, and environmental responsibility of manufacturing technologies. The third chapter highlights the design and realization of manufacturing equipment. This chapter also looks into the problem of interfacing in material flow in integrated systems, the concept of shop floor techniques, and the reduction of initial operation and standstill times of complex manufacturing machines. The fourth chapter considers quality assurance methods, including quality control loops, network, and optoelectronic measurements. This book will prove useful to workers in the fields of development, engineering design, operations scheduling, manufacturing, assembly, quality assurance, personnel management, and accounting departments.
Category: Technology & Engineering

Lean Production For Competitive Advantage

Author : John Nicholas
ISBN : 9781498780919
Genre : Business & Economics
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The second edition will include four new topics that fully address the scope of Lean: Hoshin Kanri (HK), Managing for Daily Improvement (MDI), Production Preparation Process (3P), and Lean in project management (especially for projects in product development). HK is a management planning process that evolved in Japan concurrent with Lean and early adopters employed it. MDI addresses the 5th S (sustain) in the 5S process. Together, HK and MDI answer questions such as: How is Lean tied to strategic planning? What is the role of management in Lean? How are daily improvements tied to organizational goals? and How are improvements sustained? The two topics address Lean as a "culture."
Category: Business & Economics

Manufacturing Excellence

Author : Tilo Pfeifer
ISBN : 0412567806
Genre : Business & Economics
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This book presents the state-of-the-art in manufacturing engineering from the German perspective. Through the evaluation and analysis of the following 5 key issues: 1. Business Strategies. 2.Product Development. 3.Manufacturing Systems and Processes. 4.Production Plans. 5.The Environment, new manufacturing strategies to achieve a competitive edge are presented. The text is comprehensively supported by industrial examples from leading German and multi-national companies.
Category: Business & Economics

Innovations In Competitive Manufacturing

Author : Paul M. Swamidass
ISBN : 9781461517054
Genre : Business & Economics
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Innovations in Competitive Manufacturing is an examination of manufacturing innovations - both technical and knowledge-based. Over the recent past, technology has created dramatic changes in manufacturing. As a result, the book focuses on the use of technology in gaining competitive advantage in global manufacturing. Forty topics are surveyed in the book, organized into thirteen chapters. Each topic is a carefully written account by one or more leading researchers in that area. This is the first systematic examination of the recent innovations in manufacturing strategy and technology. In addition to providing an understanding of these manufacturing innovations, the book underscores the strategic importance of creating and sustaining the technological resources to ensure a stable manufacturing economic base. The book's purpose is to examine the elements that make today's manufacturers successful. Many examples from industry throughout the book will enable the reader to appreciate and comprehend the concepts presented in the article. In addition to the technical and innovative information, implementation issues concerning new ideas and manufacturing practices are explored within the topical discussions. Four in-depth descriptions of real-life cases provide illustration of key principles. The book has been constructed as a reference tool for manufacturing researchers, students, and practitioners. Hence, after reading the introduction `Innovation in Competitive Manufacturing: From JIT to E-Business', any section or topic in the book can be consulted and/or read in any sequence the reader may choose.
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Improving Engineering Design

Author : Committee on Engineering Design Theory and Methodology
ISBN : 9780309572248
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Effective design and manufacturing, both of which are necessary to produce high-quality products, are closely related. However, effective design is a prerequisite for effective manufacturing. This new book explores the status of engineering design practice, education, and research in the United States and recommends ways to improve design to increase U.S. industry's competitiveness in world markets.
Category: Technology & Engineering

Advanced Design And Manufacture To Gain A Competitive Edge

Author : Xiu-Tian Yan
ISBN : 9781848002418
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Manufacturing industry has been one of the key drivers for recent rapid global economic development. Globalisation of manufacturing industries due to distributed design and labour advantage leads to a drive and thirst for technological advancements and expertise in the fields of advanced design and manufacturing. This development results in many economical benefits to and improvement of quality of life for many people all over the world. This rapid development also creates many opportunities and challenges for both industrialists and academics, as the design requirements and constraints have completely changed in this global design and manufacture environment. Consequently the way to design, manufacture and realise products have changed as well. More and more design and manufacture tasks can now be undertaken within computer environment using simulation and virtual reality technologies. These technological advancements hence support more advanced product development and manufacturing operations in such a global design and manufacturing environment. In this global context and scenario, both industry and the academia have an urgent need to equip themselves with the latest knowledge, technology and methods developed for engineering design and manufacture.
Category: Technology & Engineering

The End Of Competitive Advantage

Author : Rita Gunther McGrath
ISBN : 9781422191415
Genre : Business & Economics
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Are you at risk of being trapped in an uncompetitive business? Chances are the strategies that worked well for you even a few years ago no longer deliver the results you need. Dramatic changes in business have unearthed a major gap between traditional approaches to strategy and the way the real world works now. In short, strategy is stuck. Most leaders are using frameworks that were designed for a different era of business and based on a single dominant idea—that the purpose of strategy is to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. Once the premise on which all strategies were built, this idea is increasingly irrelevant. Now, Columbia Business School professor and globally recognized strategy expert Rita Gunther McGrath argues that it’s time to go beyond the very concept of sustainable competitive advantage. Instead, organizations need to forge a new path to winning: capturing opportunities fast, exploiting them decisively, and moving on even before they are exhausted. She shows how to do this with a new set of practices based on the notion of transient competitive advantage. This book serves as a new playbook for strategy, one based on updated assumptions about how the world works, and shows how some of the world’s most successful companies use this method to compete and win today. Filled with compelling examples from “growth outlier” firms such as Fujifilm, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Infosys, Yahoo! Japan, and Atmos Energy, The End of Competitive Advantage is your guide to renewed success and profitable growth in an economy increasingly defined by transient advantage.
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The Competitive Edge

Author : Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems
ISBN : 9780309047845
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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To maintain competitiveness in the emerging global economy, U.S. manufacturing must rise to new standards of product quality, responsiveness to customers, and process flexibility. This volume presents a concise and well-organized analysis of new research directions to achieve these goals. Five critical areas receive in-depth analysis of present practices, needed improvement, and research priorities: Advanced engineered materials that offer the prospect of better life-cycle performance and other gains. Equipment reliability and maintenance practices for better returns on capital investment. Rapid product realization techniques to speed delivery to the marketplace. Intelligent manufacturing control for improved reliability and greater precision. Building a workforce with the multidisciplinary skills needed for competitiveness. This sound and accessible analysis will be useful to manufacturing engineers and researchers, business executives, and economic and policy analysts.
Category: Technology & Engineering

Operations Strategy And Technology Pursuing The Competitive Edge

Author : Robert Hayes
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Market_Desc: Management; Graduate students of operation management Special Features: · AUTHOR RECOGNITION: Dr. Robert Hayes, Emeritus, Harvard Business School, is the most recognizable academic authority in the field of Operations Management. He is the author and co-author of numerous trade and college books. His Wiley book, Restoring Our Competitive Edge: Competing Through Manufacturing has sold 60,000 copies, and is now in its 15th printing. It was chosen by The American Association of Publishers in 1984 as the best business book on business, management and economics. His article with William Abernathy, Managing Our Way Toward an Economic Decline is generally regarded as the most widely read reprint article in the history of Harvard Business Review.· PREVIOUS TRACK RECORD: Robert Hayes has co-authored two successful hybrid trade/college books. In 1984, he authored Restoring Our Competitive Edge: Competing Through Manufacturing (60,000 sold, of which approximately 20,000 were sold to the college market). In 1990 he was the lead author of Dynamic Manufacturing, for Free Press, (55,000 sold)· AUTHOR PROMOTION: Dr. Hayes maintains an excellent relationship with top executives at Hewlett-Packard, Canton Timken and other Fortune 500 companies, and he will send them complimentary copies to stimulate bulk purchases. Also, the authors will promote the book both to the Production Management Society and The Decision Science Institute. In addition, Dr. Upton will use the text in his executive education courses at Harvard Business School.· COLLEGE MARKET: This book will be strongly considered as the course book for the graduate level operations management course at the top-flight colleges and universities. About The Book: Hayes is a founder of the Operations Strategy field, and all four authors are on the Harvard Business School faculty. In Operations, Strategy, and Technology: Pursuing the Competitive Edge--the long-awaited follow-up to the highly successful classic, Restoring Our Competitive Edge--Bob Hayes, Gary Pisano, Dave Upton, and Steve Wheelwright take a fresh look at the foundations of corporate success. This book addresses the basic principles that guide the development of a powerful operations organization, and describes how a company's operating and technological resources can be applied to create a sustainable competitive advantage in today's new (global and IT-intensive) economy. Achieving a competitive advantage through superior operations is what the authors refer to as the operations edge.
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Achieving Competitive Edge

Author : David Bennett
ISBN : 9781447119043
Genre : Business & Economics
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There is now a widely accepted view among manufacturing and service organisations that 'operations' can provide the means of achieving competitive edge. The OMA-UK Sixth International Conference has taken this view as its theme and focuses in particular on how technology and people can be used to improve manufacturing and service competitiveness. These proceedings have been organised according to the topics addressed within the overall conference theme and generally fall within three broad areas: technology-based topics, human resource-based topics and general topics. The technology-based topics are: Materials Control, Supply Chain Management and Logistics Flexibility in Operations Systems Computer-Aided Management of Operations Design, Process Planning and 'Time to Market' Factors Application of KBS, Expert Systems and Modelling Production Planning and Control The human resource-based topics are: Work Organisation Human Factors Managing the Implementation of Technology Managing the Quality Improvement Process Education Training and Development Employee Participation and Involvement The general topics are: Operations Strategy International Comparisons and Country-based Papers Performance and Productivity Measurement and Improvement A particular feature of all the papers is that they emphasise the application of techniques, technologies and concepts rather than concentrating on specific functional description. The authors are drawn from around 14 countries and represent both the academic and industrial communities. Many are involved in the 'mainstream' of operations management while a number are from other disciplines relevant to the conference theme, such as industrial engineering and organisational behaviour.
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