Assembly lines of the future: A literature review of research articles from 2000-2014

C. Kalpani Dissanayake, Jennifer A. Farris

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Abstract

Assembly line manufacturing is being extensively used in several integral manufacturing industries from handicraft to high tech, mostly where raw materials are transformed into finished goods requiring significant capital investment, often using low-skilled workers, high volume and low variable costs. Whilst the variety of products generated through modern assembly lines itself makes it a significant manufacturing process, the resulting increase in the speed of delivery and quality intensely impact the lives of nearly seven billion people around the globe. The assembly line manufacturing processes have being evolving ever since the pioneering efforts of Henry Ford and Ransom Olds and it is critical to know the implications that emerging forms of inter- and intra- organizational environments hold on the future of assembly lines. Thus, this article attempts to capture a glimpse of future assembly lines by analyzing the literature published from 2000 to 2014. It outlines major lines of research on non-traditional assembly line manufacturing processes, classifies the research work on several comparison grounds, discusses underlying research methodologies, highlights the specific techniques/technologies introduced and further presents the delimitations of such research conducted. Copyright, American Society for Engineering Management, 2014.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014
Event2014 35th International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management - Entrepreneurship Engineering: Harnessing Innovation, ASEM 2014 - Virginia Beach, United States
Duration: Oct 15 2014Oct 18 2014

Conference

Conference2014 35th International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management - Entrepreneurship Engineering: Harnessing Innovation, ASEM 2014
CountryUnited States
CityVirginia Beach
Period10/15/1410/18/14

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Strategy and Management

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Dissanayake, C. K., & Farris, J. A. (2014). Assembly lines of the future: A literature review of research articles from 2000-2014. Paper presented at 2014 35th International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management - Entrepreneurship Engineering: Harnessing Innovation, ASEM 2014, Virginia Beach, United States.