Application of Agile Manufacturing in Pump Industry

A few authors have reported researches on implementing agile manufacturing in pump industry. These researches are briefly described here. Vinodh et al. 20 have carried out a research to analyze the impact of using CAD and RPT in achieving agility in pump industry. These authors chose the impeller of the centrifugal pump as the candidate product and created its new designs using CAD. Then, these new designs were subjected to flow analysis using two software packages, namely, Gambit and Fluent. These authors chose one new design after conducting the analysis and a prototype of that design was created using a rapid prototyping machine. These steps indicated that the new innovative products can be brought out in the industry by using CAD, CAE, and RPT. These authors carried out an activity based costing methodology to determine the costing of manufacturing the impeller. This research proved that CAD and RPT can be used to infuse agility in pump industry.

A case study on assessing the agility level of a traditional pump industry was carried out by Vinodh et al. 21 using a 30-agile-manufacturing-criterion quantification tool. These authors assessed the agility index of the company by collecting the responses from the executives of the company. The score obtained by using the agile manufacturing criteria quantification tool was 529 out of 1000.

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