Mass Customization

Opportunities, Methods, and Challenges for Manufacturers

  • Authors
  • Hans Kull

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Hans Kull
    Pages 1-6
  3. Horizontal Integration in Mass Customization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-8
    2. Hans Kull
      Pages 21-34
    3. Hans Kull
      Pages 35-40
  4. New and Emerging Technologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-43
    2. Hans Kull
      Pages 45-54
    3. Hans Kull
      Pages 59-70
  5. Vertical Integration in Mass Customization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-72
    2. Hans Kull
      Pages 73-76
    3. Hans Kull
      Pages 77-90
  6. Making Mass Customization Happen

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-92
    2. Hans Kull
      Pages 93-108
    3. Hans Kull
      Pages 109-116
    4. Hans Kull
      Pages 117-124
    5. Hans Kull
      Pages 125-128
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 129-132

About this book

Introduction

Mass Customization examines the business opportunities, considerations, and challenges manufacturers in various industries must weigh before committing to the significant investment in machinery and software needed to go to mass customization. For manufacturers who decide that it’s time to take the plunge, the author describes the proven methods and latest technologies for making mass customization work seamlessly and profitably on the factory floor.

Mass customization—the automated manufacturing bespoke products, profitably combining the low unit costs of mass production with the flexibility of building custom products to order—has been touted as the next big thing for more than a quarter of a century. Until recently, however, mass customization made only modest inroads in a few industries. Now, the convergence of new ICT and manufacturing technologies with traditional CNC technologies means that mass customization’s moment has arrived for breaking out into a wide range of industries.

Hans Kull is an engineer and mathematician who applies his expertise in combinatorial optimization, programming, and engineering to devising end-to-end automated solutions for mass customization, automating and optimizing all processes—from bespoke parts supply, order processing, production, and waste minimization to packing and delivery. He shares with his readers practical lessons for making mass customization succeed, case studies from various industries, and an insider’s vision of the business implications of mass customization’s coming of age.

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-1007-9
  • Copyright Information Apress 2015
  • Publisher Name Apress, Berkeley, CA
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4842-1008-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4842-1007-9
  • About this book
Industry Sectors
Pharma
Automotive
Chemical Manufacturing
Biotechnology
Consumer Packaged Goods