agile manufacturing

a manufacturing philosophy that focuses on meeting the demands of customers by adopting flexible manufacturing practices. Agile manufacturing emerged as a reaction to lean production. It differs by focusing on meeting the demands of customers without sacrificing quality or incurring added costs. Based on the idea of the virtual organization, agile manufacturing aims to develop flexible, often short-term, relationships with suppliers, as market opportunities arise. Stock control is considered less important than satisfying the customer, and so customer satisfaction measures become more important than output measures. Agile manufacturing requires an adaptable, innovative, and empowered work force.

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