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Structural change in manufacturing - caused by turbulent influencing factors

: Westkämper, E.

Dimitrov, D. ; Univ. Stellenbosch/South Africa, Institute of Industrial Engineering; Univ. of Stellenbosch, Global Competitiveness Centre in Engineering:
Progress in innovative manufacturing : International Conference on Competitive Manufacturing, COMA '04. Proceedings, 4 - 6 February 2004, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Stellenbosch, SA, 2004
ISBN: 0-7972-1018-0
International Conference on Competitive Manufacturing (COMA) <2004, Stellenbosch, South Africa>
Fraunhofer IPA ()
virtual enterprise; Selbstorganisation; Netzwerkproduktion; Fertigung; Dezentralisierung

In the future, flexibility will become an important factor for competitiveness. However, as company structures change, so also do value-adding structures alter. Future production structures must therefore allow for continuous alterations in planning and configuration. This task cannot be mastered using traditional planning methods. A possible solution is the use of system technology for structuring companies. Furthermore, by de-centralizing and self-organizing performance units and by networking production right up to virtual enterprises, a closer proximity to costumer can be achieved.