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Complexity in engineering design and manufacturing

: ElMaraghy, Waguih; ElMaraghy, Hoda A.; Tomiyama, Tetsuo; Monostori, László


CIRP Annals. Manufacturing Technology 61 (2012), No.2, pp.793-814
ISSN: 0007-8506
Journal Article
Fraunhofer Project Center at SZTAKI ()
Komplexitätsmanagement; Management; Manufacturing; Fertigung; Produktentwicklung

This paper reviews the breadth of complexity of the design process, products, manufacturing, and business. Manufacturing is facing unprecedented challenges due to increased variety, market volatility and distributed global manufacturing. A fundamental residue of globalization and market uncertainty is the increasing complexity of manufacturing, technological and economic systems. The nature and sources of complexity in these areas are reviewed and complexity modeling and management approaches are discussed. Enterprises that can mitigate the negative aspects of complexity while managing its positives should thrive on the continuous change and increasing complexity. To reap these benefits in the future, manufacturing companies need to not only adopt flexible technical solutions but must also effectively innovate and manage complex socio-technical systems.