The term computer-integrated manufacture (CIM) is normally reserved for those industries in which both the ‘organizing’ and ‘manufacturing’ functions are under direct computer control. There is a substantial body of manufacturing companies whose technology (at present) does not lend itself to automation and/or robotics, but who may still benefit from the application of CIM in a largely ‘organizing’ role. The Foundry Industry falls into this category and represents an ideal test-bed for CIM. Computers have a substantial engineering, organizing and commercial role to play at all levels of a foundry’s activities. The present paper describes the elements of a ‘foundry specific’ CIM system.
KeywordsComputer Integrate Manufacture Foundry Industry Manufacturing Information Database Requirement Commercial Role
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