The changes in manufacturing systems and industrial structure brought about by the development of new, computer-based flexible technologies has been a subject of growing debate during the last decade. There is a lack of solid empirical support for almost all hypotheses developed in this debate since data on the relative use of various manufacturing systems are not available for an econometric analysis of the subject. The objective of this paper is to determine the major manufacturing systems and their distribution across the U.S. engineering industries on the basis of machine tool stock data, as interpreted statistically through factor analysis. The results of our analysis shows that the use of manufacturing systems based on flexible automation technologies has increased in all of the U.S. engineering industries in late 1970s, partially by replacing mass production systems.
Flexible automation in the U.S. engineering industries


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Citation Formats
E. Taymaz, “FLEXIBLE AUTOMATION IN THE UNITED-STATES ENGINEERING INDUSTRIES,” Flexible automation in the U.S. engineering industries, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 557–572, 1991, Accessed: 00, 2022. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/96215.