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Time to market, price and quality are vital competitive factors for all sectors of computer integRated manufacturing. In many fields environmental concerns have increased so that new design considerations must be taken into account relating to low energy consumption, material recycling and the minimisation of pollution in all its forms. All these factors have a strong impact on the use of information technology in both production and design. For the next decade, a new approach is required, based on new organisational structures, as enterprises go through the steps of re-engineering their business process. The effect of the increasingly networked nature of design manufacturing and production, and the increasing sophistication of the emerging information highways must also be taken into account. The new developments will be undertaken under the heading of Integration in Manufacturing within the EU's new specific programme on Information Technology, which has a total budget allocation of 1.9 billion ECU for the period 1994-1998. Many mature results are now emerging from the ESPRIT-CIME programme which can be exploited downstream in an industrial environment.

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Bibliographic Reference: EN (1994) 424 pp.
Availability: IOS Press, Van Diemenstraat 94, 1013 CN Amsterdam (NL)
ISBN: ISBN 90 5199 194 0
Record Number: 199510115 / Last updated on: 1995-02-07
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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