Computer integrated manufacturing(CIM) is a broad term covering all technologies and soft automation used to manage the resources for cost effective production of tangible goods.
Definition of CIM:
It describes integrated applications of computers in manufacturing. A number of observers have attempted to refine its meaning:
One needs to think of CIM as a computer system in which the peripherals, instead of being printers, plotters, terminals and memory disks are robots, machine tools and other processing equipment. It is a little noisier and a little messier, but it’s basically a computer system.
- Joel Goldhar, Dean, Illinois Institute of Technology
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“CIM is the integration of the total manufacturing enterprise through the use of integrated systems and data communications coupled with new managerial philosophies that improve organizational and personnel efficiency.”