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Integrated Manufacturing: Redesign the Organization before Implementing Flexible Technology

Imagine the factory of the future. Will computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM) systems be essential parts of that factory? Perhaps not, argue the authors, because the assumptions underlying computer-integrated manufacturing are seriously flawed. Flexible technology will not address the causes of manufacturing problems; it may simply institutionalize bad practice. Better to address organizational issues first, then apply flexible technologies as a last resort.

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