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Vinodh S.,National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli | Sundararaj G.,PSG College of Technology | Devadasan S.R.,PSG College of Technology | Kuttalingam D.,PSG College of Technology | Rajanayagam D.,Salzer Electronics Ltd
Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management | Year: 2010

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to report a research which is carried out to examine the possibility of applying finite element analysis (FEA) and computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) concepts in a typical organisational environment to acquire the characteristics of agile manufacturing (AM). Design/methodology/approach - One of the components of a model of electronic switch manufactured by a company was chosen as the candidate of this research. Five new models of this component incorporated with agile characteristics were developed in electronic environment using Moldflow Plastics Insight software. Findings - The experiences of conducting this research being reported in this paper indicate the possibility of adopting FEA-integrated CAD/CAM concept for achieving agility. However, certain hindrances have to be overcome to pursue deeper journey by the contemporary organisations in this direction. Research limitations/implications - This research is conducted on one component of a product manufactured by a company. The typical scenario prevailing in the company is similar that is seen in many companies situated in other parts of the worlds. Hence, the contributions of this research, particularly the roadmap would be useful for adopting FEA and CAD/CAM concepts to achieve agility in contemporary organisations. Practical implications - The research reported in this paper has shown the way of focusing FEA-integrated CAD/CAM utilities towards enhancing AM capabilities of contemporary organisations. Originality/value - The literature survey conducted in the beginning of this research indicated that deeper research in the direction of applying FEA-integrated CAD/CAM concept for acquiring agile characteristics is yet to start. Hence, the research reported in this paper is original and valuable. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Source


Rajiv P.,National University of Singapore | Logesh R.,Piterion India Pvt Ltd | Vinodh S.,National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli | Rajanayagam D.,Salzer Electronics Ltd
Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology | Year: 2014

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to report a case study in which financial feasibility integrated quality function deployment (QFD) approach was implemented. Design/methodology/approach: Customer complaints were systematically gathered. The house of quality (HoQ) matrix was developed. The technical descriptors were prioritized and subjected to the financial feasibility study. The cost calculations were carried out and the actions were derived. A set of value engineering (VE) principles was used during this case study. Findings: The study reported in this paper indicated the need for integrating financial feasibility study with QFD for enhancing the effectiveness of the method. The measures taken to prevent the customer complaints will be of considerable value to the manufacturing organizations. Research limitations/implications: During the conduct of case study, high-cost factors restricted the selection of materials which would exhibit higher performance. The case study was carried out in a single electronic switches manufacturing organization. Practical implications: The manufacturing costs incurred have been reduced by incorporating changes in the part material. The outcomes of the study have been considered for further implementation in the case organisation which indicated the practicality of the study. Originality/value: The concept of apportionment of HoQ cost developed with the idea of integrating the same with QFD is the original contribution of the authors. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Source


Vinodh S.,National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli | Rajanayagam D.,Salzer Electronics Ltd
International Journal of Sustainable Engineering | Year: 2010

Sustainability has been regarded as an important concept for survival in the contemporary scenario. Modern design engineers are in need of approaches for creating sustainable products. In this context, this paper reports a case study carried out in an Indian modular switches manufacturing organisation. The existing handle of the switch has been modelled using computer-aided design (CAD). Then, the sustainability analysis has been carried out for determining the environmental impact. This is followed by the redesign of the handle using design for manufacturability (DFM) principles. The sustainability has been measured in terms of carbon footprint, energy consumption and air-water impacts. It has been found that the redesigned handle possesses minimal environmental impact. It could be inferred from the results of the case study that CAD and DFM could lead to the development of sustainable product design with minimal impact on the environment. © 2010 Taylor & Francis. Source


Devadasan S.R.,PSG College of Technology | Shalij P.R.,PSG College of Technology | Vinodh S.,National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli | Rajanayagam D.,Salzer Electronics Ltd | Edinbarough I.,University of Texas at Brownsville
International Journal of Services and Operations Management | Year: 2010

In recent years, the research community has explored the means to enhance supply chain responsiveness to achieve agility in organisations. However, there is little evidence of applying it practically in organisations. To overcome this deficiency, during the research work reported in this paper, a model called Agile Supply Chain Responsiveness Analysis (ASCRA) was designed. This model is incorporated with the five criteria of supply chain responsiveness reported by researchers. This model was applied in an electronic switches manufacturing company. The results of applying the ASCRA model have been subjected to cost analyses. Finally, the feedback of the personnel working in the company were gathered. The favourable reactions of these personnel hint that the ASCRA model could be successfully deployed in organisations to acquire core competencies. Copyright © 2010 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. Source


Vinodh S.,National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli | Arvind K.R.,National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli | Rajanayagam D.,Salzer Electronics Ltd
Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology | Year: 2011

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the application feasibility of information technology (IT) for achieving agility in a typical manufacturing organisation. Design/methodology/approach: A literature study was conducted. It was found out that IT is not fully utilised for achieving agility in certain traditional manufacturing sectors. An implementation study was conducted in an Indian electronics switches manufacturing organisation to identify the causes of this insufficient utilisation. Finally, a feedback session was conducted to explore the practitioners' views of this research. Findings: The outcome of this research indicated the feasibility of adopting IT for infusing agility in contemporary manufacturing organisations. Research limitations/implications: This research was conducted in only one electronics switches manufacturing organisation situated in India. This may lead to the impression that the findings from this research may not represent all manufacturing organisations. However, the environment prevailing in the above organisation is similar to that which is prevailing in any other contemporary manufacturing organisation. Hence, the outcome of this research could represent other manufacturing organisations situated throughout the world. Practical implications: The research reported in this paper has shown the way of adopting IT for achieving agility and examined the hindrances that have to be overcome in future to integrate IT in practical scenarios. Originality/value: Significant researches have been pursued in agile manufacturing and IT fields. However, no researcher has attempted to examine the practicality of adopting IT for infusing agility in a practical scenario. Hence, this work is original and valuable. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Source

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