An Introduction to Flexible Manufacturing

  • Nigel R. Greenwood


Probably the best way to start a book such as this would be with a concise clear-cut definition of flexible manufacturing; unfortunately, this is not going to be possible. There is such a plethora of definitions, not to mention an even greater number of different interpretations, that what might appear to be a simple task is in fact far from straightforward. A situation which is somewhat analagous to that of FMS itself.


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