In most manufacturing companies efforts to fully optimise the use of resources is only carried out within each functional unit. It is therefore difficult to achieve full optmisation, creating islands of automation with little knowledge or regard to the integration of the entire company.
Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) optimisation presents a guided approach to the achievements of strategic objectives within a unified framework. This book enables investment in CIM and AMT (Advanced Manufacturing Technologies) to be considered in an effective and comprehensive manner, by setting out a methodology for the estimation of synergy amongst the constituent components of CIM.
* High level decision makers and manufacturing managers, researchers and postgraduates in manufacturing engineering will find this an invaluable guide
* The only book on the subject that covers both CIM justification AND optimisation
* Illustrates the mechanisms of CIM by comprehensively analysing the specific requirement
Preface 1. What is CIM? 2. Integration of Interconnected Networks 3. Developments in Justification of CIM 4. Integrated Approaches to CIM Justification and Optimisation 5. Assessing the Impact of Investment in CIM 6. CIM Optimisation 7. A Decision Support System for CIM Investment 8. Guidelines for Implementing CIM 9. Conclusion 10. Appendix One 11. Appendix Two 12. Index