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CAD/CAM: Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing by JR. - Department of Industrial Engineering, Lehigh University Emory W. Zimmers,, Mikell P. Groover

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Chapter 16Shop Floor Control and Computer Process Monitoring

16.1 Introduction

Production management systems are concerned with two related objectives: planning, and control of the manufacturing operations. The functions of production planning, development of the master schedule, capacity planning, and MRP all deal with the planning objective. In this chapter we consider the control objective. Systems that accomplish this objective are often referred to by the term “shop floor control” (SFC).

At the time of this writing, the techniques of shop floor control are in the midst of a transition from manual methods to computerized methods. Shop floor control has been recognized as a distinct problem area in production management for many years. In ...

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