An exploration of policies and practices used to showcase production facilities

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Baines, Tim S. ; Ball, Peter D. ; Cooper, S. ; Dawson, P. ; Wilkinson, S. ; Woods, M. ; Kay, John M. (2008)
  • Publisher: Professional Engineering Publishing
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1243/09544054JEM975
  • Subject: manufacturing, system design, branding
    acm: ComputerApplications_COMPUTERSINOTHERSYSTEMS

Manufacturers who seek innovative ways in which to differentiate their products and services should not overlook the value of showcasing their production facilities. By careful design, visitors can be exposed to a series of experiences that can help to emphasize the value built into products. This topic has, however, received almost no attention by manufacturing researchers. Therefore, this paper describes a study of six manufacturers and, from this, proposes a set of guidelines for showcasing production facilities. Although exploratory, this work provides both a guide to manufacturers and a platform for more in-depth research. The guidelines and the case studies on which they are based are all described within the paper.
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