Design of Flexible Production Systems

Methodologies and Tools

  • Tullio Tolio

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Walter Terkaj, Tullio Tolio, Anna Valente
    Pages 1-18
  3. Marco Cantamessa, Carlo Capello
    Pages 19-40
  4. Walter Terkaj, Tullio Tolio, Anna Valente
    Pages 41-61
  5. Marcello Colledani, Walter Terkaj, Tullio Tolio
    Pages 63-86
  6. Manfredi Bruccoleri, Diego Lanza, Giovanni Perrone
    Pages 87-111
  7. Giovanni Celano, Antonio Costa, Sergio Fichera, Barbaro Santangelo
    Pages 113-135
  8. Walter Terkaj, Tullio Tolio, Anna Valente
    Pages 137-190
  9. Marco Cantamessa, Carlo Capello, Giuseppe Cordella
    Pages 191-218
  10. Antonio Grieco, Francesco Nucci
    Pages 219-238
  11. Manfredi Bruccoleri, Carlo Capello, Antonio Costa, Francesco Nucci, Walter Terkaj, Anna Valente
    Pages 239-293
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 295-299

About this book


Manufacturing Flexibility is usually seen as the main answer for surviving in present markets characterized by short lead times, tight product tolerances, pressure on costs, frequent changes of demand and continuous evolution of products. However, the competitiveness of a firm can be negatively affected by capital intensive investments in system flexibility. Indeed production contexts characterized by mid to high demand volume of well identified families of products in continuous evolution normally do not require the highest level of flexibility. Designing manufacturing systems that optimally satisfy the production requirements represents a very complex problem, since aspects ranging from manufacturing strategy to process planning, and from scenario analysis to performance evaluation must be considered over the system lifecycle. The book addresses these interdependencies proposing an integrated approach to flexible production system design. Since traditional system architectures are not always the most efficient solution to face new production contexts a new manufacturing system architecture named Focused Flexibility Manufacturing Systems – FFMSs is also introduced. Indeed the explicit design of flexibility can lead to hybrid systems, i.e. automated integrated systems consisting of general purpose and dedicated machines. This is a key issue of FFMSs which are designed to achieve an optimal balance between flexibility and productivity at system level.


Focused Flexibilty Manufacturing Strategy Manufacturing System Manufacturing System Design Manufacturing System Flexibility Process Planning Product Evolution capacity manufacturing production programming simulation

Editors and affiliations

  • Tullio Tolio
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di MeccanicaPolitecnico di MilanoVia La Masa 1

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-85413-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-85414-2
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