Manufacturing Databases and Computer Integrated Systems is the first book to probe the problems and solutions presented by the diversity of databases within the manufacturing industry. The author examines these heterogeneous databases at both the macro (national/international) level and micro (intracompany and intercompany) level. This book is the result of an extensive international research project that involved 87 leading organizations.
Manufacturing Databases and Computer Integrated Systems presents the compelling argument for using computers as database integrators, a concept beyond the obvious applications of number crunching and data storage. The book addresses several different areas of manufacturing technology, including product policies in manufacturing, fuzzy controls in plant operations, concurrent engineering, practical applications for expert systems, organizational prerequisites in manufacturing, heterogenous database
environments, the benefits of object-oriented databases, and the requirements for virtual database integration.
Manufacturing Databases and Computer Integrated Systems also presents case studies, including the TRW solution applied in Operation Desert Storm, Project CRONUS by BBN, the Intelligent Database Assistant (IDA) by GTE, General Motor's DATAPLEX solution, and Project Carnot by the Microelectronics and Computer Development Corporation (MCC). The book is a "must" for computer and database technologists, engineers, and senior management at most companies worldwide.
Table of Contents
Strategic Directions in Manufacturing: Markets, Products and the Manufacturing Industry. Bringing High Technology into Manufacturing. Advantages from Concurrent Engineering. Practical Applications with Expert Systems. Organizational Prerequisites to Computer Integrated Manufacturing. Multidatabase Challenges and Solutions: What Can Be Done With Heterogeneous Databases in Multivendor Environments. Solutions with Integrated Object-Oriented Databases in Manufacturing. Interoperability in Distributed Manufacturing Operations. Serving the Need for Homogeneity in Database Functions. Requirements for Virtual Database Integration. Case Studies with Real Life Applications: Successful Projects with Integrated Databases. From California to Japan: The Search for Interoperability Solutions. The Intelligent Database Assistant (IDA). The DATAPLEX Solution for Heterogeneous Distributed Database. Project Carnot By MCC.