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posted on 08.02.2022, 16:58 by Andrew Thomas, Wyn Morris, Claire Haven-TangClaire Haven-Tang, Mark Francis, Paul Byard
The adoption of Smart Manufacturing Systems in manufacturing companies is often seen as a strategy towards achieving improvements in productivity. However, there is little evidence to indicate that UK manufacturing SMEs are prepared for the implementation of such systems. Through the employment of a triangulation research approach involving the detailed examination of 36 UK manufacturing SMEs from three manufacturing sectors, this study investigates the level of awareness and understanding within SMEs of Smart Manufacturing Systems. The development of a profiling tool is shown and is subsequently used to audit company awareness and understanding of the key technologies, collaborative networks and systems of SMS. Further information obtained from semi-structured interviews and observations of manufacturing operations provide further contextual information. The findings indicate that whilst the priority technologies and systems differ between manufacturing sectors, the key issues around the need for developing appropriate collaborative networks and knowledge management systems are common to all sectors.

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Published in

Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity

Publisher

MDPI

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Citation

Thomas, A.; Morris, W.; Haven-Tang, C.; Francis, M.; Byard, P. (2020) 'Smart Systems and Collaborative Innovation Networks for Productivity Improvement in SMEs', Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity, 7, 3. https://doi.org/10.3390/joitmc7010003

Electronic ISSN

2199-8531

Cardiff Met Affiliation

  • Cardiff School of Management

Cardiff Met Authors

Claire Haven-Tang Mark Francis

Cardiff Met Research Centre/Group

  • Welsh Centre for Business and Management Research

Copyright Holder

© The Authors

Language

en