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The Impact of Adoption of Flexible Manufacturing Technology on Price Cost Margin of Malaysian Manufacturing Industry  [PDF]
Don Ajith Rohana Dolage, Abu Bakar Sade
Technology and Investment (TI) , 2012, DOI: 10.4236/ti.2012.31005
Abstract: This paper explores the impact of the adoption of Flexible Manufacturing Technology (FMT) on the Malaysian Manu-facturing Industry. The Principal Component Analysis has been adopted to extract the most appropriate underlying dimensions of FMT to use in place of the eight FMT variables owing to the potential multicollinearity. The study has been conducted within FMT intensively adopted 16 three-digit industries that encompass 50 five-digit industries cover-ing the years 2000-2005. The results obtained from the two scenarios, one, including the industry fixed effects dummy variables and the other without these, are contrasted. It is established that the model that included the industry fixed effect dummy variables has a greater explanatory power. The two principal components that account for the greater variation in FMT show positive and moderately significant relationship with PCM. The study provides sufficient evi-dence to conclude that FMT has a direct and moderately significant relationship with PCM.
The Structure of Manufacturing Flexibility: Comparison Between UK and Malaysian Manufacturing Firms  [PDF]
H.M. Judi,R. Beach
Journal of Applied Sciences , 2008,
Abstract: This research identified the basic structure of manufacturing flexibility based on literature of previous researches and examined the fitness of this theoretical structure. The identified theoretical structure of manufacturing flexibility consists of four flexibility dimensions: Volume, variety, process and material handling. Data collection from the UK and Malaysian manufacturing firms was conducted to test whether the theoretical structure of manufacturing flexibility was fulfilled. A confirmatory factor analysis was performed and the results showed that the existing structure of manufacturing flexibility fits the theoretical structure. A comparison was made between the UK and Malaysian samples and the results showed that there was no significant difference in the existing structure and they confirmed the theoretical structure. The structure of manufacturing flexibility could be used by both researchers and managers as a framework to clarify the concept of manufacturing flexibility, so that the issue could be better understood and managed.
Mr. Neeraj Nirmal,Mr. Neeraj Dahiya
International Journal of Computer Science and Management Studies , 2011,
Abstract: The objective of this study is to analyze the system performanceof a flexible manufacturing system cell. The study givesinformation on production potential of the cell by groupingcommon parts. To complete this, computer simulation models aredeveloped using the SIMAN simulation language. Initially nomaterial handling is provided to the manufacturing system to getan upper bound estimate of production output. Next, we explorethe impact that an automatic guided vehicle (AGV) has on systemperformance with manufacturing system. The final analysis isperformed in which a conveyor is implemented for the materialhandling. The performance result with comparison is presented inthe form of confidence intervals. After examine the simulationresults, we recommend to implement a conveyor system formaterial handling. Use of AGV in the flexible manufacturingsystem creates a bottleneck which causes a dramatically decreasein the production: as compare to a conveyor as the materialhandling system which does not limit the daily production outputof the manufacturing cell.
Foreign Direct Investment and Manufacturing Growth: The Malaysian Experience  [cached]
V G R Chandran,Gopi Krishnan
International Business Research , 2009, DOI: 10.5539/ibr.v1n3p83
Abstract: This paper examines the short and long run dynamics of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) over the manufacturing growth in a developing country – Malaysia for the period of 1970-2003. Due to the small sample size, we used a fairly new cointegration method known as "bounds test" and the autoregressive distributed lag (ARDL) approach to estimate the short and long run production elasticity of FDI. Estimated FDI elasticity in the short and long run were found to be statistically significant. In the long run, a 1% increase in FDI contributes to 0.115% increase in manufacturing value added output in Malaysia. The model extracts the influence of FDI and technological progress towards manufacturing output. As a consequence of the results, strategies to enhance the competitiveness of Malaysian manufacturing sectors in the world of intense competition for FDI especially among the Asian economies like China and other ASEAN members is further recommended.
Towards Measuring Investment in Flexible Foundry Manufacturing  [PDF]
Rhythm Suren Wadhwa
International Journal of Computer Science Issues , 2012,
Abstract: Manufacturing flexibility is an important instrument to ensure the success of manufacturing systems in the modern day competitive and uncertain environment. The major hindrance in integrating flexibility into decision making process is that it is difficult to measure and be compared to future indefinable manufacturing scenarios. This paper presents a methodical concept utilizing real options to evaluate flexible foundry manufacturing system.
Modelling and Analysis Flexible Manufacturing Systems  [PDF]
Myriam Noureddine,Patrick Martineau
Information Technology Journal , 2005,
Abstract: This study presents a new approach to model and analyse flexible manufacturing systems. This work takes place in a widest project of an automatic generator of control software. Our approach is divided into four steps: the first one deals with the physical description of the manufacturing system that is described by a specific notation. The second step builds the conceptual model with series of entities linked together. The following step models each link using controllable outputs Petri nets. A sequence of these Petri nets is obtained and the last step described their integration. An analyser-supervisor controls this integration operation. The results and interpretations given by the analyser provide information on the state of the system, more specifically on identification of potential deadlocks.
Overview of Malaysian Modularity Manufacturing Practices  [PDF]
Noor Raihani Binti Zainol, Abdullah Al-Mamun, P. Yukthamarani Permarupan
American Journal of Industrial and Business Management (AJIBM) , 2013, DOI: 10.4236/ajibm.2013.37070

Modules and modularity have been popular concepts in operations research instead of products used in Malaysia. In the latest development, Modularity is very important in product design of manufacturing considerations for efficient assembly and complexity to make it better and fasten the process and products. The paper present is a study on overview of modularity products and manufacturing practices in Malaysia such as Traditional Malay House, fordable chair and maintaining services. The process of modularization makes the functional independence as the goal of good design. For the best marketing and end user, industry using modularization process or products leads to creation of product families and uniformity. To make the process of modularity successful, the industry has to ensure that modularity should maintain independence between components and processes in different modules and interchangeability between modules. This paper discusses the modules and modularity which are applied among the manufacturing in the Malaysia in the context of physical products and services.

Implementation of ERP Governance in Malaysian Manufacturing Companies
Mahlindayu Tarmidi @ Tokhid
Terengganu International Management and Business Journal , 2011,
Abstract: The increasing demand for real time information and operational efficiencies require deployment of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to consolidate the information from business operations. Gradually, many organizations begin to allocate significant investment into ERP system to maintain its competitiveness. The substantial investment to implement ERP system highlights the importance of ITG as a method to ensure that the amount spent is worthwhile. The purpose of this study is to examine the extent of ERP governance in Malaysian manufacturing companies. Out of 500 companies that were contacted, only 179 companies agreed to response to the questionnaire surveys and further used in the analysis. The finding shows positive governance in ERP management and utilization regardless of the organizations type and the number of years of the system. This study has provided valuable results in regards of the governance of IT infrastructure in Malaysia ERP environment.
Technological Level of Flexible Manufacturing System Control
Ján Jadlovsky , Stanislav Laciňák , Matej opík , Ján Ilkovi
Acta Electrotechnica et Informatica , 2011, DOI: 10.2478/v10198-011-0003-1
Abstract: This article describes technological level of flexible manufacturing system (FMS) control. It focuses on the control in terms of sensors, actuators and technological networks. It also focuses on the control of manipulators that are part of FMS and are controllled via the network DeviceNet. Flexible manufacturing system (FMS) represents fully automated technological manufacturing process that is employed in teaching process. The principal aim is to improve the control system of a given model as well as higher levels of distributed control system (DCS) using the communication links between individual DCS levels.
An Empirical Study of Internet-Based ICT Adoption Among Malaysian SMEs  [cached]
Khong Sin Tan,Uchenna Cyril Eze
Communications of the IBIMA , 2008,
Abstract: Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are key economic sector in Malaysia and the Malaysian government have over the past decades promoted development and growth initiatives such as ICT implementation to advance their overall economic agenda. This paper, therefore, examines the factors and adoption patterns of Internet-based Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) among SMEs in Malaysia. The Diffusion of Innovation underpins the conceptual framework in this paper. Questionnaire-based survey was used to collect data from 406 managers/owners of SMEs in the southern region of Malaysia. Data analysis indicates that Internet-based ICTs adoption among SMEs provides new business opportunities and access to market information and knowledge. Security and high ICT cost continues to be barriers to Internet-based ICTs adoption. Inferential analyses reveal that relative advantage, compatibility, complexity, observability and security are significant factors that influence Internet-based ICT adoption. The findings are discussed and interpreted to provide key implications to SMEs and Malaysian government.
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