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Global Journal of Flexible Systems Management
Year : 2006, Volume : 7, Issue : 3&4
First page : ( 17) Last page : ( 24)
Print ISSN : 0972-2696.

A model for flexible supply chain through flexible manufacturing

Kumar Piyush1*, Deshmukh S. G.2**

Piyush Kumar He is in the final year Industrial Engineering program at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar. His areas of interest include: Supply chain, and flexible management and manufacturing systems. He has presented papers in national and international conferences. Modeling and simulation is his passion.
S. G. Deshmukh Dr. S. G. Deshmukh is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering Department of IIT Delhi. His areas of interest include: Supply chain, quality and information systems. He has published in several international/national journals. He has conduced several training programs for industry and also executed sponsored research projects. He is member of IIIE, NCQM, ISME and ASI.

1Dr. B. R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar 144011, India.

2Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, New Delhi 110016, India.

*E-mail: Piyush.singhal@yahoo.co.uk

**E-mail: deshmukh@mech.iitd.ac.in

Abstract

This paper presents a model of manufacturing which attempts to enhance the flexibility in a supply chain. This model employs a staggered volume multiple assembly lines to fulfill the objectives of customization along with timely delivery. The measures of performance taken are the unit cost of production and the number of customers satisfied. In today's highly dynamic global economy, a supply chain may only survive by keeping its customer base growing or intact. The manufacturer is a crucial part of supply chain and hence the flexibility of the manufacturer has a major bearing on the overall supply chain agility.

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Keywords

flexible manufacturing practices, genetic algorithm, supply chain flexibility.

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