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What Is Adaptable?

  • Flexible: Flexible has to do with variety. A flexible manufacturing cell can make the 3-inch pipe, the 4-inch pipe, the 5-inch pipe, the red, blue or green pipe. It can manufacture a variety of parts or products. Even supply chain and manufacturing “experts” frequently misuse the term “flexible.” Many mistake it as a synonym for modular.
  • Modular: Modular has to do with volume. You can produce 100, 1,000, 2,000 or more. People use the word modular more accurately than they use the word flexible.