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This synthesis report presents major results and conclusions of an international research project aimed at an assessment of the development of production systems which support high performance in terms of both quality production (i.e. a customised production of technologically sophisticated goods of high quality), and lean production (i.e. a mode of production which avoids waste in terms of human and natural resources, capital, perfection and time). The production system that fits this condition is a computer-aided production system which is strongly based on skilled work and human decision-making in combination with leading-edge technology. It can be called an anthropocentric production system. This will require that research and development should shift from the traditionally highly specialised and segmented research methodologies to encompassing, but profound, cooperative research methods. Efforts in education, training and innovation will also be required, if a rapid development of anthropocentric production systems is to be achieved.

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Authors: LEHNER F, Institut Arbeit und Technik, Gelsenkirchen (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13969 EN (1992) 123 pp., FS, ECU 13.50
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-3809-X
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