Engineering Technology and Applied Science Research, Volume (7), No (2), Year (2017-4) , Pages (1559-1566)

Title : ( Taxonomy of Manufacturing Flexibility at Manufacturing Companies Using Imperialist Competitive Algorithms, Support Vector Machines and Hierarchical Cluster Analysis )

Authors: mehdi khoobiyan , Alireza Pooya , Ahmad Tavakkoli , Fariborz Rahimnia ,

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One of the ways to deal with changes caused by environmental uncertainty is to use manufacturing flexibility which has been addressed in recent years by many scholars. Manufacturing flexibility is a multidimensional concept pointed to by many scholars; manufacturing companies act differently in using these dimensions. The purpose of this study was to understand this concept and taxonomy and identify dominant groups of manufacturing flexibility, which has been less addressed despite its significance. Dimensions of manufacturing flexibility were extracted by content analysis of literature and expert judgements. Manufacturing flexibility was measured by using the questionnaire developed to survey managers of manufacturing companies. The sample size was estimated at 379. To identify dominant groups of flexibility based on dimensions of flexibility determined, HCA, ICA and SVM were used by cluster validity indices. The best algorithm for clustering was SVM with three clusters, designated as leading delivery-based flexibility, frugal flexibility and sufficient plan-based flexibility

Keywords

manufacturing flexibility; taxonomy; dominant groups; hierarchical cluster analysis; support vector machines; imperialist competitive
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@article{paperid:1061244,
author = {Khoobiyan, Mehdi and Pooya, Alireza and Tavakkoli, Ahmad and Rahimnia, Fariborz},
title = {Taxonomy of Manufacturing Flexibility at Manufacturing Companies Using Imperialist Competitive Algorithms, Support Vector Machines and Hierarchical Cluster Analysis},
journal = {Engineering Technology and Applied Science Research},
year = {2017},
volume = {7},
number = {2},
month = {April},
issn = {2241-4487},
pages = {1559--1566},
numpages = {7},
keywords = {manufacturing flexibility; taxonomy; dominant groups; hierarchical cluster analysis; support vector machines; imperialist competitive algorithm},
}

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%0 Journal Article
%T Taxonomy of Manufacturing Flexibility at Manufacturing Companies Using Imperialist Competitive Algorithms, Support Vector Machines and Hierarchical Cluster Analysis
%A Khoobiyan, Mehdi
%A Pooya, Alireza
%A Tavakkoli, Ahmad
%A Rahimnia, Fariborz
%J Engineering Technology and Applied Science Research
%@ 2241-4487
%D 2017

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