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Rapid production ramp-up capability: A collaborative supply network perspective

Li, HHJK and Shi, YJ and Gregory, M and Tan, KH (2014) Rapid production ramp-up capability: A collaborative supply network perspective. International Journal of Production Research, 52. pp. 2999-3013. ISSN 0020-7543

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This paper explores how technology intensive manufacturing firms operate to achieve rapid new product volume ramp-up capabilities within an international collaborative supply network. An exploratory multiple-case longitudinal research methodology was adopted involving three large Japanese Multinational Corporations and their respective international manufacturing supply networks comprising 19 factories in six countries. The findings suggest that a systematic ramp-up process is crucial to guide manufacturing operations in attaining a predictable initial production yield and rapid production volume ramp-up (time-to-volume). An empirically-based conceptual framework is then developed proposing linkages between critical elements within a manufacturing supply network and operational activities for a new product ramp-up. A structured ramp-up process is then proposed and pilot tested. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div E > Manufacturing Systems
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:28
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2018 02:25