Computer integrated manufacture

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  • Computer-integrated manufacture
    • CIM takes the concept of integration of seperate manufacturing technologies developed by FMS a step further by bringing together all aspects of a company's operations, not just those involved in manufacture.
    • Under a CIM system all teams can share the same info and easily communicate with one another.
    • A CIM system uses computer networks to integrate the processing of production and business info with manufacturing operations to create co-operative and smooth-running production lines.
    • The tasks performed with CIM include:
      • Design of the product using CAD
      • Planning the most cost-effective workflow
      • Controlling the operations of machines and equipment needed to manufacture the product
      • Performing business functions such as ordering stock and materials and invoicing customers.
    • One of the drawbacks with a CIM system is its dependence upon computer data to fully integrate all operations.
      • For example, the software from one brand of equipment may be incompatible or cause difficulties when integrated with CNC machinery.
        • The cost of managing data is also a key issue within CIM. This is because if data becomes corrupted, it may cause machinery to malfunction.


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