Computer Integrated Manufacturing: From Fundamentals to by Alan Weatherall

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In order to ensure that the definitions are sufficiently well specified the analyst is required to identify within these definitions: • customers, those people who the system serves, • actors, those people involved in the system, • transformation, what changes as a result of the system, • the point of view which the analyst has taken, • environment within which the system operates. Once the definitions have been established, the analyst can consider various ways of fulfilling the objectives implied by the root definitions without the constraints imposed by the existing arrangements.

Batch production Systems in this category are designed to produce medium-sized batches of the same item or product. Work to be done on the product is divided into separate operation, and each operation is completed on the entire batch before all the parts are moved on to the next operation. 1 shows the difference between the job and batch approaches. Typically general purpose equipment is still used for batch production, but machine utilization is improved as only one set-up is required per batch.

This graphical representation of the key problem areas provides a vehicle for discussion about the link between company strategy and manufacturing systems. Multidisciplinary teams for manufacturing strategy and systems analysis Strategy development for marketing and finance have been developed to the extent that some generally-accepted frameworks now exist. Manufacturing strategy however is still in its infancy, partly because manufacturing specialists are not used to defining and representing the performance of their systems in strategic terms.

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