This second edition of the classic textbook has been written to provide a completely up-to-date text for students of mechanical, industrial, manufacturing and production engineering, and is an indispensable reference for professional industrial engineers and managers.
In his outstanding book, Professor Katsundo Hitomi integrates three key themes into the text:
* manufacturing technology
* production management
* industrial economics
Manufacturing technology is concerned with the flow of materials from the acquisition of raw materials, through conversion in the workshop to the shipping of finished goods to the customer. Production management deals with the flow of information, by which the flow of materials is managed efficiently, through planning and control techniques. Industrial economics focuses on the flow of production costs, aiming to minimise these to facilitate competitive pricing.
Professor Hitomi argues that the fundamental purpose of manufacturing is to create tangible goods, and it has a tradition dating back to the prehistoric toolmakers. The fundamental importance of manufacturing is that it facilitates basic existence, it creates wealth, and it contributes to human happiness – manufacturing matters. Nowadays we regard manufacturing as operating in these other contexts, beyond the technological. It is in this unique synthesis that Professor Hitomi’s study constitutes a new discipline: manufacturing systems engineering – a system that will promote manufacturing excellence.
* The classic textbook in manufacturing engineering
* Fully revised edition providing a modern introduction to manufacturing technology, production managment and industrial economics
* Includes review questions and problems for the student read