CfP: "Mass Customization Manufacturing Systems" - Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management

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Special Issue of
IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
on Mass Customization Manufacturing Systems
edited by Thorsten Blecker and Gerhard Friedrich
Deadline for submission: October 31, 2004
Call for Papers:
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IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management editorial policy:
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Submission website:
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Customization is fundamentally not a new feature in industrial
markets. However, mass customization, as an emerging business
strategy, aims at associating both the advantages resulting from the
satisfac­tion of individual customers' needs and the benefits of mass
production efficiency. Mass customization has been made possible owing
to the advancements achieved in the fields of manufacturing systems
and modular product architectures. The main challenge that mass
customization has to face, concerns the design of manufacturing
systems that are capable of producing customized goods for high volume
markets with respect to cost efficiencies, as well as quality and time
Mass customization induces a considerable proliferation of product
variety. Moreover, customers are more demanding and their requirements
regarding tailor-made solutions are changing rapidly. This
significantly influences manufacturing and involves high operations'
complexity. Thus, the development of mass customization manufacturing
systems is much more challenging than a mere optimization of existing
manufacturing systems. It is not satisfactory to simply adjust a mass
production manufacturing system to lower volume and higher variety.
Instead, major changes are necessary, eventually leading to a radical
reconfiguration and redesign process within manufacturing.
Furthermore, a main concern has to be assigned in order to learn of
how to optimally plan and control the production processes in a
variant-rich environment. In addition, product life cycles are
becoming increasingly shorter. That is why the reconfigurability of a
manufacturing system that means stepwise expandability and the
possibility to adapt to different product variants, as well as dynamic
plant layouts gains more in importance. However, the performance of
manufacturing systems for mass customization depends not only on the
configuration of the manufacturing system itself, but also on
manufacturing related tasks, such as product family design, supply
chain management, information system integration, etc. These have to
be also addressed in order to fulfill all of the requirements of
efficient and effective mass customization manufacturing systems.
A number of failed projects of providing customized products have
initiated a discussion about the practicability and suitability of
existing approaches and theories dealing with mass customization
manufacturing systems. This special issue of IEEE-TEM is intended to
discuss the state of the art, as well as actual research results in
mass customization manufacturing systems. Practitioners and academic
researchers are invited to submit papers presenting their findings and
results. Furthermore, due to the complex and interdisciplinary
disposition of the topics, we expect contributions from management,
economics, industrial engineering and information technology.
Topics of interests include, but are not limited to:
. Mass Customization Product Design and Configuration
. Product Family Management
. Optimization and Management of Modular Product Architectures
. Flexible Manufacturing Systems
. Plant Layout and Factory Planning
. Process Planning and Scheduling
. Manufacturing Systems Engineering for Variant Rich Processes
. Mass Customization and Supply Chain Management
. Definition of the Degree of Coupling/Decoupling
. Technology Strategies and Management for Mass Customization
Manufacturing Systems
. Custom Order Control in Mass Customization Manufacturing Systems
. Information System Infrastructure and Integration
. Multi Agent Systems for Variety Formation and Production Planning
and Control
. Adaptive Manufacturing Control in Mass Customization
. Self-organized Order Management and Production
. Complexity of Mass Customizing Systems
. Key Performance Indicators for Variety Management
. Impacts on Intrafirm and Interfirm processes
Papers submitted to this special issue will be reviewed in accordance
with the IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management editorial policy
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must be submitted via the IEEE electronic submission website
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Authors should indicate in
the cover letter that the paper is being submitted to the special
issue on Mass Customization Manufacturing Systems. Abstracts to ensure
appropriateness to the special issue may be submitted in advance of
the deadline by email (see
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Dr. Thorsten Blecker
University of Klagenfurt
College of Business Administration
Department of Production/Operations Management,
Business Logistics and Environmental Management
Universitaetsstr. 65 - 67
A-9020 Klagenfurt, Austria
Dr. Gerhard Friedrich
University of Klagenfurt
College of Informatics
Department for Computer Science and Manufacturing
Universitaetsstr. 65 - 67
A-9020 Klagenfurt, Austria
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