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ISSN: 2047-7031

bmd Business and Management Dynamics bmd
ISSN: 2047-7031  
Volume  3   Issue 6  2013  
Article Abstract
Against-meanings of flexibility metrics in manufacturing advanced: what should be measured?
Keywords:  Flexibility. Flexibility Metrics. Advanced Manufacturing
Cosmo Severiano Filho , Adriano David Monteiro Barros and Walter Fernando Ara├║jo De Moraes
This article presents the correlations between flexibility metrics and AMT's identified in an investigation among the 500 largest Brazilians industrial companies. Of this population, 21 participating companies responded to the survey form. For these metrics, the inferential analysis indicated negative correlations of moderate significance, strong and very high with 12 types of AMT's. The negative correlations of moderate significance were between the IA and the CAE, CIM, CAM, FMC, FMS, PFA and TPM technologies; between TO and CIM, EAV and EDI technologies; between TS and the CAD, CAE and CAM technologies; between TP and ABC, PFA and TQC technologies; between IR and CAM and PFA technologies; and between TF and CAE, CAM and PFA technologies. Considering that the significant correlations for these measures are of a negative nature (moderate), has been the confirmation of the hypothesis that many components of flexibility have no validity or use with the AMT's plants investigated.
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