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Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture | Year: 2012
This paper provides details of a survey conducted into 260 manufacturing SMEs operating in a range of industrial sectors. The survey is a follow-up to a survey performed 3-years earlier on the same companies and it is targeted in this case on investigating the migratory characteristics of advanced manufacturing technology (AMT) implementation in manufacturing SMEs. It provides an overview of the attitudes towards AMT and the benefits obtained by SMEs through its adoption. The paper provides information on the characterization, compatibility, and innovative behaviour of SMEs in AMT implementation. An improved AMT migration classification system is proposed on the basis of the analysis of the obtained data. This study is the first to in-depth compare the AMT implementation issues within SMEs based on large-scale survey data. © IMechE 2011.