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THE COMPETITIVE EDGE: Research Priorities for U.S. Manufacturing
TABLE 1-2 Human Resource Requirements for Metal-Cutting Operations to Make the Same Number of Identical Parts
Flexible Manufacturing Systems
NOTE: At the time of this study, no U.S. machine tool producer had a flexible manufacturing system on line.
SOURCE: R. Jaikumar. Post-industrial manufacturing. 1986. HarvardBusiness Review, Vol. 64.
modes of production obsolete. Firms that hope to compete in the world market have no choice but to adopt it and learn to use it to their greatest advantage.
A 1988 Department of Defense report2 found serious, if irregular, indications of decline in sectors of the industrial base that are critical to continued U.S. leadership in advanced technologies and, by extension, to national security. The report finds particularly devastating the erosion of production technologies and equipment in vitally important sectors such as machine tools and electronics manufacturing equipment (see Table 1-3 and Table 1-4). Noting
TABLE 1-3 Top 10 Merchant Integrated Circuit Makers
SOURCE: Microelectronic Engineering at RIT: Manpower for Tomorrow's Technology.