Exploratory workshop on the Social Impact of Robotics
Mitchell Hutchins Inc.
the manufacturing world will be concentrated initially into those areas which will result in reduced manufacturing costs primarily through direct labor savings and enhanced quality, the ultimate evolution will probably be toward encompassing that technology as part of a flexible manufacturing systems approach to production. A recent Machine Tool Task Force study highlighted the characteristics of manufacturing (Figure 1) and advocated the development of flexible manufacturing systems to handle production at more economical costs and at an increased rate of productivity.
Characteristics of manufacturing
Type of production:
NC with auto
flex mfg syst
Maine engines. large electric
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Time Losses in Manufacturing
Machine Tool Task Force on Machine Tool Technology
Productive Cutting C u t t i n g C o n d i t i o n s S e t - u p / L o a d i n g / G a u g i n g Tool Change Idle Time I n c o m p l e t e S e c o n d a n d T h i r d S h i f t s H o l i d a y s a n d V a c a t i o n s o r P l a n t S h u t d o w n Equipment Failure I n a d e q u a t e S t o r a g e W o r k S t a n d a r d A l l o w a n c e
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