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MUTOMBA LIBERTY M H1010700A Manufacturing Systems 2 Assignment 1 Asses the applicability of group technology in the I.M.E workshop taking into consideration the conversion of these into F.M.S. Group technology is depended on large production volumes as it has its roots in batch manufacturing, in essence group technology is a hybrid manufacturing method that is based on the fusing of batch manufacturing and process layout. The range or variety of products that can be manufactured using group technology is not large compared to other
manufacturing processes such as jobbing. The level of automation with group technology is low although there is a need for high levels of skill for the concept to be adopted. Since the level of automation is low the initial investment is also low. Group technology is a manufacturing approach where parts that are to be machined are grouped into part families. The parts are grouped based on factors such as similarities in geometry, function and manufacturing process. Parts are grouped using various

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