Establishing rules to design a minicell-based manufacturing system for mass customisation

Smitha Thuramalla, Fazleena Badurdeen

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Mass Customisation (MC) is the production of individually customised offerings at low cost and short lead times. Successful MC requires a complete shift in the paradigm from the design-make-sell philosophy used in traditional manufacturing to one that is based on design-sell-make. Flexibility in the manufacturing system is therefore essential to receive orders from customers and fabricate and assemble products as necessary. A minicell-based manufacturing system, which is a modular, networked configuration, is one approach to achieve this flexibility. Due to the various methods available to design the modular minicell configuration, establishing good designs is a complex and time-consuming process. This paper focuses on establishing design rules that can help identify good minicell configurations, to achieve different performance criteria, without having to explore the entire solution space.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-111
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Agile Systems and Management
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2008

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Copyright © 2008 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.


  • Design rules
  • Flow time
  • MC
  • Manufacturing system
  • Mass Customisation
  • Minicells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • General
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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