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A stair-like CIM system architecture

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2 Author(s)
Yuliu Chen ; Dept. of Autom., Tsinghua Univ., Beijing, China ; Tseng, M.M.

Computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) has received growing acceptance from both industries and academia alike. However, even with the increasing reliance on computing technologies, there are still wide-spread concerns about the true impacts on the actual performance of the companies implementing CIM. In particular, the overall coherence of the entire system has been considered as a key issue. To address this problem, there is a significant amount of interest in the CIM system architecture, that is, in considering the integration of technology, people and business from the viewpoint of a global system. This paper will first review some major existing CIM system architectures, including CIM-OSA, GRAI-GIM, and PERA. Then, based on the requirements from industry, a stair-like CIM system architecture with six different views and five development stages is proposed. Some modeling formalisms are introduced and discussion of its suitability for industrial application is included

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Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology, Part C, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:20 ,  Issue: 2 )