A number of definitions have been developed for computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM). However, a CIM system is commonly thought of as an integrated system that encompasses all the activities in the production system from the planning and design of a product through the manufacturing system, including control.
CIM is an attempt to combine existing computer technologies in order to manage and control the entire business. CIM is the approach that many companies are using to get to the automated factory of the future.
As with traditional manufacturing approaches, the purpose of CIM is to transform product designs and materials into saleable goods at a minimum cost in the shortest possible period of time. CIM begins with the design of a product and ends with the manufacture of that product. With CIM, the customary split between the design and manufacturing functions is (supposed to be) eliminated.
Coursework utilized in the CIM minor in Industrial Technology Management Program at UW-Platteville
View the Industrial Studies Course Catalog for information related to a Computer Integrated Manufacturing Minor at UW-Platteville