CIM's (Computer Integrated Manufacturing) Bridge from CADD (Computer Aided Design/Drafting) to CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) - Data Management Requirements for Manufacturing Engineering,
LOCKHEED-GEORGIA CO MARIETTA
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Manufacturing Engineering represents the crossroads of technical data management in a Computer Integrated Manufacturing CIM environment. Process planning, numerical control programming and tool design are the key functions which translate information from as engineered to as assembled. In order to transition data from engineering to manufacturing, it is necessary to introduce a series of product interpretations which contain an interim introduction of technical parameters. The current automation of the product definition and the production process places Manufacturing Engineering in the center of CADDCAM with the responsibility of communicating design data to the factory floor via a manufacturing model of the data. A close look at data management requirements for Manufacturing Engineering is necessary in order to establish the overall specifications for CADD output, CAM input, and CIM integration. This paper examines the functions and issues associated with the orderly evolution of computer aided engineering and manufacturing.