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computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM)

the use of COMPUTERS to integrate all facets of PRODUCTION planning and control, including product design, factory layout planning, production scheduling and stock control. See COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN, COMPUTER-AIDED MANUFACTURING.
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Now a group in the Computer Integrated Manufacturing Research Unit at Galway University has pledged to come up with a solution, concentrating on the reuse of car parts ahead of landfill disposal.
Standard features on the system include a PLC to optimize the molding cycle, an operator video display unit, quick pattern change, computer integrated manufacturing technology to enable pre-programming of pattern data for error avoidance and time saving, chamber/mold blow-off, and in-chamber spray.
In microtechnology, manufacturing difficulties are compounded by the need to simplify assembly processes wherever possible to achieve high accuracy through computer integrated manufacturing.
The centres will be equipped with state-of-the art Virtual Reality Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems, Electrical, Electronics, Robotics, Hydraulics, Computer Numerical Control, Pneumatics, Metrology and an extensive range of Computer based learning software including health and safety and business management.
In addition to batch and single wafer systems for surface preparation, the company's products include thermal processing equipment, electrochemical deposition equipment, and supervisory workstations for equipment control and computer integrated manufacturing environments.
In fact, it's still not out of the question for even relatively large processors to use Microsoft's 16-bit database - Access - says Wert, noting that "the Frito-Lays and Campbell's of the world" are still using Access products in at least some plants and that the Computer Integrated Manufacturing Center relies on it, too.
Computer integrated manufacturing is achieved when the engineering-based computer-aided tools (CAD, CAP, CAM, CAQ) are bound up with the different stages of the managerial production planning and control (PPC) system to allow the effective use of all relevant information sources (Scheer, 1994).
Dave Farson, from the Applied Research Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University, reports in LIA Today that the marriage of lasers, computer integrated manufacturing (CIM), and robotics will continue to make industrial laser systems more highly automated and flexible.
Computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) is the integration of different entities within the production system through the use of information and automation technologies for efficient control and management of production and related functions (Francett, 1988; Gould, 1989; Groves, 1990; Sabbaghi, 1991).
Al Steward, director of the University of Southwestern Louisiana's Apparel & Computer Integrated Manufacturing Center, will discuss the U.S.
These all relate to computer integrated manufacturing - popularly known as CIM.

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