Chapter 11 Systems Thinking in Manufacturing

DOI: 10.4324/9781003462385-11

One of the keys to success in manufacturing is to understand that your company should be viewed and thought of in the context of a system, rather than just a collection of interrelated parts. So, you may be wondering, just what is a system? In its most basic form, a system is a group of interrelated, interdependent, and interacting parts that combine to achieve a specific purpose. A system takes inputs in some form and acts on them in some way to produce outputs. In reality, the outputs should have a greater value than the sum total of the inputs. In other words, the system should add value to these inputs as it works to change them into outputs.

In 2015, [1] Arnold ...

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