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Technology on the Factory Floor II: Benchmarking Manufacturing Technology Use in the USA
(1994)
  • Paul Swamidass, Auburn University
Abstract

This monograph is the result of the second joint effort of the Manufacturing Institute of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the author for studying the use of fifteen different manufacturing technologies in the US. Timely support by the National Science Foundation enabled this second study to be expanded to a larger number of participants. A total of 1,121 members of NAM participated in this study. Hard technologies studied were: AGV, CAD, CAM, CIM, CNC, FMS, LAN, Robotics and automated inspection, and soft technologies studied were: TQM, JIT, SQC, MRP, MRP II, and manufacturing cells.

Selected findings are: CAD, TQM and JIT were the most widely used technologies; among extremely skilled use of technologies, CNC and CAD topped the list; the use of soft technologies such as JIT, TQM, and manufacturing cells occur jointly; and CAD, CAM, CNC, TQM, JIT, SQC and manufacturing cells were setting the pace of competitive manufacturing in US factories in 1993.

Keywords
  • Manufacturing technology use; Benchmarking manufacturing technology use
Publication Date
December, 1994
Publisher
The Manufacturing Institute of the National Association of Manufacturers
Citation Information
Paul Swamidass. Technology on the Factory Floor II: Benchmarking Manufacturing Technology Use in the USA. Washington, D.C.(1994)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/paulswamidass/20/