Computer Integrated ManufactureThis is the complete automation of a manufacturing facility such as a factory. All functions are under computer control. This starts with computer aided design, followed by computer aided manufacture, followed by automated storage and distribution. One integrated computer system controls all that happens. Stage One - Computer Aided Design. Stage Two - Prototype Manufacture. Stage Three - The computer system controlling the plant works out the most efficient method of manufacture. Stage Four - The computer system orders the necessary materials to manufacture the product. Stage Five - Manufacturing begins with the product being made using CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture). Stage Six - Quality control is applied at every stage. Stage Seven - The product is assembled by robots. Stage Eight. Stage Nine - The product is automatically moved from store to awaiting lorries / trucks for distribution to the customer.
Computer Integrated Manufacturingby James L. Morrison [Note: This is a re-formatted manuscript that was originally published in On the Horizon , 1992, 1 (2), 5. Until the robotics industry undergoes significant technological advance, industry must look elsewhere, to revive sagging productivity. This at least, is how some companies are streamlining their business processes so as to decrease the time required from the production to the delivery of products. CIM integrates functions that traditionally have been separate, seeking "to stream line with quality control and just in-time manufacturing, and to give every machine and employee the ability to talk with each other and 'watch' a product as it moves through the entire corporate pipeline." Implications The application of CIM and "just-in-time" management in industry has implications for curriculum development.