CIRP Encyclopedia of Production Engineering

2019 Edition
| Editors: Sami Chatti, Luc Laperrière, Gunther Reinhart, Tullio Tolio

Computer-Integrated Manufacturing

  • Gisela LanzaEmail author
  • Steven Peters
Reference work entry



Computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM) is an approach to integrate production-related information and control entire production processes, automated lines, plants, and networks by using computers and a common database (please compare: Abramovici and Schulte 2004; Kalpakjian and Schmid 2006; Laplante 2005). Moreover, managerial philosophies improve organizational and personnel efficiency (Alavudeen and Venkateshwaran 2008).

Theory and Application


Computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM) coexists of two components. Both hard- and software components of computer systems are considered to be indispensable for the enhancement of manufacturing (Kabitzsch et al. 2001). Thereby, each individual island of automation uses the full capabilities of digital computers while computer-integrated manufacturing comprises the integration and consolidation of these island solutions (Alavudeen and Venkateshwaran 2008). Besides their...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Production Science (wbk)Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)KarlsruheGermany