HYBRID MANUFACTURING FRAMEWORK TO IMPROVE SMALL TO MEDIUM-SIZED MANUFACTURERS’ FLEXIBILITY TO MARKET TURBULENCE IN A MULTI–PRODUCT ENVIRONMENT: CASE STUDY OF A MANUAL ASSEMBLY LINE

Thierry Abedi Mukalay

Abstract


Market flexibility can be described as the ability to react competently to customers’ fluctuating demands. This ability has become critical to the survival of small to medium-sized enterprises. This study aimed at improving small to medium-sized manufacturers’ flexibility. The framework proposed in this paper has a mixed make-to-order and make-to-stock strategy, supported by a manual assembly line setup based on workers’ movements at its core. The hybrid system designed through this study allows small to medium-sized manufacturers to improve their responsiveness to the current dynamically changing market environment, and to stay competitive by providing them with the tools for fast customer response and financial expansion.


Full Text:

PDF


DOI: https://doi.org/10.7166/31-1-2184

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.




Copyright (c) 2020 Thierry Abedi Mukalay


ISSN 2224-7890 (on-line) ; ISSN 1012-277X (print)


Powered by OJS and hosted by Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service since 2011.


Disclaimer:

This journal is hosted by the SU LIS on request of the journal owner/editor. The SU LIS takes no responsibility for the content published within this journal, and disclaim all liability arising out of the use of or inability to use the information contained herein. We assume no responsibility, and shall not be liable for any breaches of agreement with other publishers/hosts.

SUNJournals Help