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Sustaining the Competitive Edge of Small to Medium Size Enterprises Through Innovative Manufacturing System Design

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Mohamed A. Gadalla

Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL

Paper No. MSEC2014-4016, pp. V001T04A031; 7 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference collocated with the JSME 2014 International Conference on Materials and Processing and the 42nd North American Manufacturing Research Conference
  • Volume 1: Materials; Micro and Nano Technologies; Properties, Applications and Systems; Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Detroit, Michigan, USA, June 9–13, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Manufacturing Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4580-6
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


Increasing Small to Medium size Enterprises (SME’s) competitive edge requires continuously developing creative and novel methods and solutions. This paper presents a novel design for a manufacturing system named Smart Manufacturing Systems (SMS). The new design can be viewed as a modification to the Flexible Manufacturing System (FMS) to better suits continuously changing market conditions, which may lead a company to develop a more sustainable competitive edge. The new design address several issues in manufacturing system design that affect the competitiveness of the system such as: merger of different manufacturing processes, non-productive times, and to be able to performing economically under different market conditions.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME



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