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Computer Integrated Manufacturing: From Fundamentals to Implementation is based on a course in computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) which is part of the Production Engineering Tripos for postgraduate-level students at Cambridge University. The book is intended to provide a thorough coverage of a difficult subject, and to communicate principles as well as something of current practice. This should give a firm basis of knowledge in CIM, and develop an understanding that will be valid for many years in changing business and manufacturing environments. The book covers CIM and manufacturing systems at a technical level, from description of the conventional ""islands of computerization"" to the components of CIM architecture. The business objectives of CIM are described, from analysis of the business environment to cost justification and implementation of CIM systems. CIM is seen as a business tool and not as an end in itself. Each individual and company needs to adapt the tools described in this book to best effect. Study of this book should enable postgraduate students and professional engineers to deal confidently with the subject and use CIM techniques profitably.
The Business Approach
1 Why CIM is Important
What is CIM?
The Multiplier Effect
The CIM Environment
CIM is Difficult
CIM is Pragmatic
CIM is Competition
Structure of the Book
Reading the Book
2 Business Perspectives for CIM
From Business Objectives to CIM Solutions
What is Manufacturing?
Objectives of a Manufacturing Business
Identifying Business Opportunities and Problems
The Business Characteristics of CIM Systems
Quantifying the Benefits
Justifying the Investment
Finding the Right People
3 Analysis of Manufacturing Systems
Classification of Production Systems
Linking Manufacturing Strategy and Systems
Analysis of Manufacturing Operations
Islands of Computerization in Manufacturing
4 Computer System Fundamentals
Trends in Information Technology
Basic Computer Hardware
The Information Systems Department
5 Information Flow in Manufacturing
Product Structure Information
Master Production Schedule Planning
Shop Floor Data Collection
It Will be Different with CIM
7 Components of a CIM Architecture
What is a CIM Architecture?
Why Have a CIM Architecture?
International Standards and OSI
Local Area Networks (LANs)
Decision Support Systems
8 Product and Process Design for CIM
The Design Process
Use of CAD Systems
Analysis Packages within CAD
Design for Economic Manufacture
Group Technology and Coding Systems
9 Planning and Control in a CIM Environment
Material Control within CIM
Capacity Planning within CIM
The Factory Autopilot
10 Today's Automation and Intelligent Machines
Programming and Control
Machines for Flexible Automation
11 Customer/Supplier Communication
Implementation and the Future
12 Planning, Implementing and Managing CIM
The Need for Company-Wide Planning and Implementation
The Implementation Phase
The Need to Manage the Impact on People and Organization
Stages of CIM Development
13 Continuing Education and the Future of CIM
Continuing Education in CIM
The Future of CIM
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- © Butterworth-Heinemann 1988
- 22nd August 1988
- eBook ISBN:
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