On an Axiomatic Approach to Manufacturing and Manufacturing Systems

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N. P. Suh

Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.

A. C. Bell, D. C. Gossard

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.

J. Eng. Ind 100(2), 127-130 (May 01, 1978) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3439399 History: Received June 27, 1977; Online July 15, 2010


A manufacturing system consists of the following processes; design, materials selection and processing, assembly, and quality control. Maximum productivity of a given manufacturing system can be obtained only through optimization of the entire system rather than through optimization of its components individually. A system can be optimized through either a thorough understanding of the entire system and the interactions between its components, i.e., an algorithmic approach; or through the application of axioms to each decision-making step. This paper discusses an axiomatic approach to manufacturing and a methodology for developing axioms. Several hypothetical axioms and some of their corollaries are presented with examples to illustrate the basic concepts.

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