The globalization of business and industry and the worldwide competitive economy are forcing business leaders in the manufacturing and service sectors to utilize fully the best equipment and techniques available. The objective is to have efficient control of the organizational structure in order to produce high quality products at lower prices within a shorter period of time.
Since the introduction of computers in the 1950s, Manufacturing Systems Engineering has experienced tremendous growth. The development of the discipline has helped industry to become more productive and to make more efficient use of resources. Manufacturing information systems, total quality management, facility layout, material handling, value engineering and cost analysis, safety, computer-integrated manufacturing, and production planning and shop floor control are just some of the areas in which manufacturing systems engineers have been traditionally involved in order to help improve understanding and awareness in the manufacturing and service sectors. The recent emphasis and concern about the environment and product recyclability and re-usability have brought new perspectives and more challenges to this ever-growing engineering discipline.
The aim of the Manufacturing Systems Engineering Series
is to provide an outlet for state-of-the-art topics in manufacturing systems engineering. This series is also intended to provide a scientific and practical basis for researchers, practitioners and students involved in manufacturing systems areas. Issues which are addressed in this series include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Production system design and control;
- Life cycle analysis;
- Simulation in manufacturing;
- Manufacturing cost estimating;
- Industrial safety;
- Fuzzy logic and neural networks in manufacturing;
We would welcome proposals to write material for this series from colleagues and industry leaders around the world. We hope that researchers both in academia and government as well as private organization and individual practitioners, will find this series informative and worthwhile.