3 June 2007

Call for papers: Complexity in Manufacturing

Call for papers: Complexity in Manufacturing

A special issue of International Journal of Agile Systems and Management

Agility in manufacturing is one of the many profound qualities companies must posses to succeed in a turbulent business environment. Businesses worldwide are constantly faced with the challenge of offering the ideal product variety in their supply chain because of the conflicting interests between manufacturing and marketing.

Although mass customisation is ideally desirable from a customer service perspective, it is often accompanied by engineering and manufacturing hurdles arising from product proliferation. Manufacturing strategy has evolved through significant changes that occurred in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Companies no longer adhere to the manufacturing philosophy of capturing market share by producing large volumes of a standardised product. Businesses have realised that responding to the market quickly with specific product-targeting to niche markets will be the crucial factor that will give them a cutting edge over their competitors.

The aim of this special issue is to identify the research issues for managing manufacturing complexity in light of these global challenges. The goal of this special issue is to cover a variety of topics and issues related to complexity with specific application to agile manufacturing systems.

Topics include but are not limited to:

A. Concepts and State of Research in Manufacturing Complexity

Complexity Models
  • Product
  • Operational
  • Process
Risk Analysis and Mitigation
  • Measure of Complexity
  • Cost
  • Structural
  • Dynamic
Complexity Management
  • Project
  • Quality
  • Risk
Logistics and Supply Chain Complexity
Inventory Analyses
Information Management
Other related subjects

B. Problem Solving Frameworks, Models and Methods

Design for Complexity
  • Design for Lean
  • Design for Variety
  • Design fro Modularity
  • Design for Reconfigurability
  • Design for Six Sigma
Axiomatic Design
Product Variety Management
Mass Customisation
Agile Manufacturing
Other related subjects

C. Enabling Tool and Technologies

Simulation Models
Optimisation Models
Statistical Models
e -Based Design and Manufacturing
Collaborative and Distributed Engineering
Other related subjects

D. Case Studies
Important Dates

Paper Submission (e-mail): 31 October 2007
Communication of Results (e-mail): 15 December 2007
Final Manuscript submission (e-mail): 15 February 2008

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