How do flexible manufacturing and lean manufacturing differ from other manufacturing technologies? Why are these new approaches needed in today's environment?
Flexible manufacturing technologies are involved with having, as the name implies, a certain level of flexibility built into the manufacturing system with regards to station abilities and flow rerouting capabilities. For example, these manufacturing types differ from standard manufacturing technologies by eliminating bottlenecks as stations can be reprogrammed (utilizing cross training functions) to make differing parts and routes can be redesigned fluidly ...
This solution discusses the differences between flexible manufacturing and lean manufacturing.