Time and Cost Reduction through Computer Integrated Manufacture,
BRITISH AEROSPACE PLC WARTON (UNITED KINGDOM) MILITARY AIRCRAFT DIV
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The paper sets out to review the reasons why CADCAM, since its introduction about 10 years ago, has provided only a limited increase in productivity and has had very little effect on the timespan from initiation of design to delivery of the first unit from production. Further productivity benefits and a reduction in the time taken to produce the first prototype can only be achieved by a more flexible approach to design and manufacture. This in turn puts a greater strain on the Companys support system and a much greater integration of the whole activities of the Companys are required. Computer systems are a necessary means of producing the level of integration through Information Technology. This requirement is moving us from CADCAM to Computer Integrated Manufacture CIM. The paper concludes by a review of the steps being taken within British Aerospace towards reducing project lead times and costs.
- Computer Programming and Software
- Economics and Cost Analysis