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Computer Integrated Manufacturing. A Total Company by ALAN WEATHERALL


This e-book will provide a aggressive side to scholars of producing, managers in undefined, and an individual excited by specifying, enforcing and utilizing CIM platforms

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T h e level of service from consultants, and most other outside agencies, is very d e p e n d e n t on the skills and experience of the individuals concerned. A n o t h e r source of advice is the academic world. A s the range of new technologies expands, the academic has a real advantage in the o p p o r t u n ­ ity to study these new technologies, and is disciplined to understand t h e m properly by teaching t h e m . A n o t h e r value of academics is their access to government funds for research projects, thus enabling leading edge problems to be explored in partnership with an industrial company.

It is, of course, necessary to select the system boundaries for such activities carefully to ensure that the entire field of concern is m a p p e d . A particular structured approach to this task is given in the next section. T h e results of the foregoing analyses provide the foundation for the system design p h a s e , which is Hkely to involve the re-assessment of processes, the re-grouping of equipment possibly along the cellular Hnes introduced above and usually thorough re-examination and simplification of the organization and information systems to match the quantified performance requirements of the system.

Perceptions of the characteristics of the m a r k e t can be profiled by representatives of the various functions and then c o m p a r e d with the capabihties of the current system. This helps towards a c o m m o n understanding of goals but also creates an agenda for action w h e r e the most serious mismatches exist. Analysis of manufacturing operations T h e previous section reviewed several of the frameworks which are u s e d in the attempt to Hnk market and product requirements to the manufacturing Decentralized and entrepreneurial Easy Many, inexpensive Meet specification/ delivery dates High Low capability Batch • O 1983 company position on each of the chosen dimensions and the resulting profile O O 1978 company position on each of the chosen dimensions and the resulting profile * The process choices open to the company whose profile is represented here did not include a continuous process.

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