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Production platforms: conception and perform, moment variation, offers an outline of producing platforms from the floor up. it truly is meant for college kids on the undergraduate or graduate point who're drawn to production, working towards engineers who wish an outline of the problems and instruments used to handle difficulties in production platforms, and executives with a technical history who are looking to develop into extra acquainted with production matters. The e-book has six chapters which have been prepared based on the series used whilst developing and working a producing method. hence, the topics emphasized are: the choice framework for production, the producing approaches, the producing apparatus and laptop instruments, the layout for production and the operation of producing platforms. The booklet makes an attempt a compromise among concept and perform in all addressed production platforms matters, overlaying a protracted spectrum of concerns from conventional production techniques to cutting edge applied sciences equivalent to digital fact, Nanotechnology and speedy Prototyping.

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Maintenance and training. , that are needed to maintain the equipment, facilities and systems, as well as the training necessary to accommodate new equipment and technology. • Overhead. This is part of the cost that is not directly attributable to the operation of the manufacturing system, but supports its infrastructure. • The cost of capital, which may not be readily available within the manufacturing firm, and therefore must be borrowed under specific terms. This classification provides a general framework of how cost issues can be addressed in the manufacturing environment by establishing a systematic way to measure the cost performance of different solutions.

The direct labor needed for operating both equipment and facilities. • E'/^ergy required for the performance of the different processes. In some manufacturing industries, the cost of energy may be negligible, compared with other factors, while in others it contributes significantly to the financial burden of the manufacturing system. • Maintenance and training. , that are needed to maintain the equipment, facilities and systems, as well as the training necessary to accommodate new equipment and technology.

Higher production rates typically result in lower cost and possibly lower quality as well. Furthermore, to achieve high production rates, it is often necessary to resort to automation, which may have an impact on the flexibility of the system. An example of such automation is a transfer line (Fig. 17), which due to its fully automated part transfer mechanisms and 16 1. Introduction machining operations, provides production rates on the order of one piece every 20 seconds, even for very complex parts (Fig.

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