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Square Foot Manufacturing: Event-Driven Manufacturing by Means of Multifunctional Work Spaces

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Tobias Redlich, Jens P. Wulfsberg, Jörg Lehmann, Franz-Ludwig Bruhns

Helmut-Schmidt-University, Hamburg, Germany

Paper No. IMECE2008-66776, pp. 123-127; 5 pages
  • ASME 2008 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 7: Emerging Technologies; Recent Advances in Engineering
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, October 31–November 6, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4868-5 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3840-2
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


This paper presents Square Foot Manufacturing (SFM) as new approach to realize changeability in the manufacturing process. SFM encompasses a down scaled manufacturing plant for machining small parts; it has reconfigurable structure and holds micro machining units (MMU) that are reduced in function and flexible in adjustment. Because they are sufficiently small it is easy to move these machine tools between individual operation steps and it is feasible to use more than one of them simultaneously machining one work piece.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME
Topics: Manufacturing , Space



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