Programmable Automation: The Future of Computers in Manufacturing
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MARINA DEL REY INFORMATION SCIENCES INST
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The report is the first in a series of Information Sciences Institute Research Reports from a study on advanced, computer-based automation of discrete product manufacture. The goals of this study are to evaluate the technological feasibility of significant advancements in computer-based automation of discrete product manufacture evaluate the economic impact on DoD, the military, and the U.S. economy derived from implementation of those advancements define the development program required to achieve those advancements, areas to be addressed and resources required perform R and D on innovative solutions for some components of the development program for Department of Defense consideration. The report provides an overview of the concept of programmable automation. It emphasizes the importance of batch production techniques in the manufacture of DoD end-use items, and describes the importance of flexible, computer control of resources in such an environment. The components of a development program leading to significant productivity increases through computer based manufacturing systems are described.
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems