CIM changing

The computer-integrated Manufacturing pyramid of the 1980s has been crumbled to make way for a variety of better models for manufacturing informadon technology in the 2000s. The Supply Chain Operadons Reference (SCOR) model; the Manufacturing Execution Systems Association (MESA) model; and the AMR Research's Ready, Execute, Process, Analyze, & Coordinate (REPAC) model all define manufacturing applicadons from a functional point of view. Meanwhile, you can define manufacturing applications from the point of view of vertical markets, specific implementation models, and a broad range of functional category.

There have been many acronyms and models in the past two decades that describe the topic of manufacturing application software. However, regardless of naming and modeling, manufacturers fundamental needs have not changed significandy. What has changed is the availability of commercial software, experience in applying software applications to manufacturing, and the emergence of standards for applying software and computer technology to manufacturing.

Today, many well-developed tools are available that can be successfully applied to meet the functional needs of manufacturing processes. Experience gained applying software and computers to manufacturing has been well documented, and international standards communicate generally accepted best practices in manufacturing systems integration. Manufacturers today can take advantage of experience gained from early adopter's efforts and apply current technology with a high degree of confidence that the application will successfully meet requirements.

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