Improvement through process integration using a simulative, dynamic method

Marco Mazzola, Enzo Gentili, Francesco Aggogeri
2008 International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management (IJMTM)  
The need for globalisation, the saturation and instability of markets, the life-cycle time reduction of products, the growth of item variety, the customer demands have been main factors contributing to a radical change of management conceptions and strategies. This complex environment has induced companies to search the keys to achieve competitiveness, focusing on process integration. The purpose of the paper is to explain how managing the internal functions of a company in an integrated way
more » ... n integrated way can lead to an effective improvement. In order to represent the flows and to quantify improvements, a simulative, dynamic and integrated model is developed. Biographical notes: Marco Mazzola is part of the Technology and Production Systems Research group at the University of Brescia. His research subjects are improvement of processes, implementation of improvement methodologies, integrated planning and production management. Enzo Gentili is full Professor of Special Technologies at University of Brescia. He began his research in the field of metal plasticity (wire and tube drawing, deep drawing, forging, extrusion forging and the ring test). His research interests are the use of FEM in metal plasticity and metal cutting optimisation, total quality management, preventive and improving systems for quality control and safety management. He is author of several publications and editorial member of a number of journals. Francesco Aggogeri is part of the Technology and Production Systems Research group at the University of Brescia. His research subjects are improvement of processes, implementation of improvement methodologies (Six Sigma, Lean Sigma and Scor) and quality control. He is a LeanSigma Expert.
doi:10.1504/ijmtm.2008.017735 fatcat:c6s2p4pts5gjzf2ohre7oifnh4