Experiences of a small to medium size enterprise in the design and implementation of manufacturing cells

A. Gunasekaran, R. Mcneil, R. McGaughey, T. Ajasa

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Small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) have gained competitive advantage by using Just-in-Time, Total Quality Management, and Information Technology. Cellular Manufacturing (CM) has received less attention from SMEs. This paper reports the findings of a case study of the application of Group Technology in an SME. A framework for the design and implementation of Cellular Manufacturing Systems (CMSs) is proposed. The framework is examined and explained in the context of the case study. The first part of the paper examines the nature of CM as well as its strategic value to manufacturing firms. The second part focuses on the design and implementation of CMSs. The third part presents a framework for the design and implementation of CMSs. Finally, a case study conducted at a small company in England is used in demonstrating the application of the framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)212-223
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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