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Technology Used in Manufacturing


The complexity of modern manufacturing has increased with the proliferation of information systems, modern management practices, virtual enterprises, and outsourced activities.

A successful manufacturing enterprise must understand and control data, information, and knowledge. Manufacturers must find ways to exploit the continuing opportunities presented by new information technologies.

Data and analytics programs are powerful tools that can be used in every element of the manufacturing enterprise, including:

  • Strategic planning
  • Material Requirements Planning [MRP] and Supply Chain Management [SCM] - ensuring Just-in-Time [JIT] delivery of raw materials
  • Operational Performance Management - of activities on the factory floor
  • Logistics - Shipping
  • Marketing

Digitization of automation and feedback control systems in manufacturing operations has been largely driven by the introduction of miniaturized semiconductor electronic components, able to be packed into microprocessors at low cost.

Today, almost all process and metal-forming manufacturing industries are highly dependent on control systems digitally linked with suppliers and customers.

Web based information sharing and the benefits of networked production outweigh the cost of the technology investment, even for most small and medium enterprises. Highly competitive manufacturing stems from high levels of collaboration and cooperative manufacturing.

Also See: Technology Used in Contract Manufacturing

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