Manufacturing flexibility: a literature review
Authors: Toni, A. De; Tonchia, S.
Source: International Journal of Production Research, Volume 36, Number 6, 1 June 1998 , pp. 1587-1617(31)
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Ltd
Abstract:In this article an attempt is made to classify the vast literature regarding manufacturing flexibility; the aim is to contribute to the conceptual systemization of the debate, whose richness plays witness of the abundance of themes and the difficulty of obtaining a unitary and univocal framework. The literature on manufacturing flexibility is analysed according to a scheme which considers six different aspects: (1) definition of flexibility, (2) request for flexibility, (3) classification in dimensions of flexibility (the authors group the various classifications proposed according to different logics: horizontal, vertical, temporal, by the object of the variation, mixed), (4) measurement of flexibility, (5) choices for flexibility, (6) interpretation of flexibility.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1998-06-01