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Fundamentals of a Group Technology Electronics Classification and Coding System. Summary of Survey Findings.
ORGANIZATION FOR INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH INC WALTHAM MA
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A Contract required OIR to identify the Fundamental Characteristics of a Group Technology Electronics Classification and Coding System ECACS. This document reports the activities and results of the contract. Group Technology is rapidly becoming recognized as a major factor in the integration of Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing. A Group Technology classification and coding system is used as the common identifier for accessing integrated andor multiple databases. In order to apply Group Technology principles to electronics manufacture, the logical first step is to develop an ECACS. However, before code development can begin, it is necessary to define the specific information which should be captured by the code. OIR has surveyed twenty-six companies with the objective of identifying The primary and secondary information vital to an ECACS and The areas of greatest interest for the application of an ECACS. The concensus of the respondents, believed the primary advantages of using an ECACS, included lower overall product costs increased manufacturing efficiency shortened elapsed times between design and production better utilization of existing designs and processes and increased design productivity.
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