Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Yiliu Tu, Paul Dean
    Pages 117-142
  3. Yiliu Tu, Paul Dean
    Pages 143-168
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 239-302

About this book


Despite the numerous competitive advantages of one-of-a-kind production (OKP), the low efficiency and high costs associated with OKP companies threaten to push their business opportunities into the hands of cheaper overseas suppliers.

One-of-a-Kind Production introduces a novel strategy and technology to help OKP companies to efficiently mass-produce customized products. In One-of-a-Kind Production, case studies from OKP companies are used to validate the feasibility and effectiveness of the OKP strategy and technology. These case studies include:

  • a structural steel construction company,
  • a manufacturer of specifically ordered compressors and refrigeration systems,
  • a customized high pressure vessel manufacturing company, and
  • a custom window and door manufacturer.

To help readers understand OKP strategy and technology, the authors offer a year’s free access to the OKP Management and Control Software System. This system is based on a new integrated production control and management concept, namely product production structure. It is a useful tool – and One-of-a-Kind Production is a valuable guide – for production engineers and managerial staff in manufacturing companies, as well as for university researchers and graduate students.


CP7113 Computer Integrated Manufacture Mass Customization One-of-a-Kind Production Production Management Virtual Manufacturing

Authors and affiliations

  • Yiliu Tu
    • 1
  • Paul Dean
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and, Manufacturing EngineeringUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.CIM Systems Ltd.CalgaryCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-1-84996-530-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-84996-531-6
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Industry Sectors
Materials & Steel
Chemical Manufacturing
Consumer Packaged Goods
Energy, Utilities & Environment
Oil, Gas & Geosciences