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The use of machines, tools and labor to produce goods. It is most commonly applied to industrial production, in which raw materials are transformed into finished goods on a large scale. Such finished goods are use for aircraft, household appliances and automobiles. CIM is an example of the implementation of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in manufacturing. Computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM) is the manufacturing approach of using computers to control the entire production process. This integration allows individual processes to exchange information with each other and initiate actions. Through the integration of computers, manufacturing can create automated manufacturing processes.

The term "computer-integrated manufacturing" is both a method of manufacturing and the name of a computer-automated system in which individual engineering, production, marketing, and support functions of a manufacturing enterprise are organized.
In a CIM system functional areas such as design, analysis, planning, purchasing, cost accounting, inventory control, and distribution are linked through the computer with factory floor functions such as materials handling and management, providing direct control and monitoring of all the operations.



Components of CIM   

  • Means for data storage, retrieval, manipulation and presentation;
  • Mechanisms for sensing state and modifying processes;
  • Algorithms for uniting the data processing component with the sensor/modification component.



Challenges of computer-integrated manufacturing system:

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