DTI funded this work, investigating the possibility of producing a large range of niche market vehicles economically from a single agile manufacturing system. The two elements of this project were:-
- Simulation of a cellular based system to investigate the problems associated with putting a large variety of vehicles through a production system.
- Production of a cost benefit analysis to decide if and where the economic case for building such a system exists.
- Land Rover
The following articles have been published about the RAMP project to disseminate the ideas more widely:
‘The UK’s future lies in niche model production’ - World Automotive Manufacturing – August 2001
RAMP Project - In Automotive Online – October 2001, written by Toby Procter
‘A Philosophy to redefine car production’ – automation, October 2001 in the Industry News section.
For further information contact Ian Pearson on 024 765 24723 or email I.T.Pearson@warwick.ac.uk