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Expectations and Disappointments of Industrial Innovations

  • Showcases industrial innovations and summarizes reasons for possible failure

  • Shows why remarkable technology advances in one field may cause disruptions in manufacturing

  • Demonstrates how to put research on the right track and how to restore flexibility and simplicity


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Gideon Halevi
    Pages 1-13
  3. Gideon Halevi
    Pages 15-32
  4. Gideon Halevi
    Pages 33-54
  5. Gideon Halevi
    Pages 55-81
  6. Gideon Halevi
    Pages 83-127
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 129-131

About this book


The Integrated Manufacturing System (IMS), Group Technology, Numerical Control, and Computer Aided Design (CAD) were four outstanding innovations that were one-time milestones of scientific industrial management. This book describes the expectations and disappointments of the common pitfalls of these ingenious ideas, which leads to understanding of their gradual disappearing, and proposes a way to restore these methods for long term utility and value.

The first three innovations dominated the industry till the mid-1970s. Surprisingly, the reason for them being replaced is the same:  research of the “routine” was misleading regardless of its ingenuity. In the fourth case, CAD does not support CAPP (Computer Aided Process Planning) and thus Numerical Control could no longer support developments of a system such as a flexible and automated factory. However, they incorporate many features in a specific resource instead within a manufacturing system. CAD technology and machining centers remain remarkable as a specific (unique) manufacturing resource. This work proposes ways to revive these innovations for the future.

Innovation is a driver for the development of new products and production methods. It should be an integral part of a system and not pursued for its own sake. This volume shows, explains, and remedies this by treating these interesting examples.  


Production planning CAD Integrated manufacturing systems Computer Aided Design IMS Scientific Industrial Management Group Technology Engineering Economics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.I.M. IndustriesCAD/CAM R&D Center I.M. IndustriesTel AvivIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Expectations and Disappointments of Industrial Innovations
  • Authors Gideon Halevi
  • Series Title Lecture Notes in Management and Industrial Engineering
  • Series Abbreviated Title Lect. Notes in Managem., Industrial Engineering
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-50701-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-84467-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-50702-6
  • Series ISSN 2198-0772
  • Series E-ISSN 2198-0780
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 131
  • Number of Illustrations 11 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Engineering Economics, Organization, Logistics, Marketing
    Control and Systems Theory
    Project Management
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