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Is CIM achievable?
Managing our way to a factory with a future1
Strategic management of advanced manufacturing technology
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achieved advanced manufacturing technology analysis APMT application approach areas assembly automated manufacturing system automatic automation batch batch production benefits CAD/CAM cell competitive complex components computer integrated Computer Integrated Manufacturing control system cost cycle eddy current effective elements engineering evaluation example facility factors Figure flexible manufacturing system FMSs functions hardware implementation improved industry input inspection installed Institute for Manufacturing integrated manufacture interface investment justification linked load machine tools machining cell machining centres major manual manufacturing strategy material METAPLAN methods monitoring objectives operation options organisation output p-n junction pallet performance planning plant plastic Plessey potential problems production range realised reduced robot scheduling simulation stage station structure success technical techniques throughput transport UMIST utilisation warehouse workpiece