Computer integrated manufacturing
Involve use of computers in manufacturing companies. Huge XX w. increase in the use of computers, and decreasing price of computing power meant that more and more manufacturers could use information technology to control in all phases of the production process. At some stage of the IT development some software company's created product and philosophy called CIM system.
Cooperation of computers is possible through the network that connects individual users within an enterprise and allows for the processing of data between subsystems of the CIM.
CAx systems must be closely linked to form a specified CIM architecture. One of the possible structures is the use of a large central computer, which is responsible for processing the data. Another option is to use multiprocess system, i.e. one central computer consisting of many process modules.
Subsystems of integrated manufacture can be seen in all phases of the product life cycle, starting with conceptual design and development phase, during which CAD systems are used, until the phase in which the product is subjected to quality control by software named CAQ. The conclusions of quality control goes back to the CAD systems. The design of the product is affected by problems revealed in the design phase, technological processes and assembly by using CAP systems. CAM systems control the technological process equipment, which receive data from the CAP and PPC. It can also be a source of information for them. The process allows for the continuous improvement of technology, improving the quality of the product and finally to improve the economic results of the company.
- Groover, M. P. (2007). Automation, production systems, and computer-integrated manufacturing. Prentice Hall Press.