The objective of this project is to develop a methodology and associated tools for the economic and technical evaluation of various CIM solution options. The tool will be applicable in a wide range of SME manufacturing sectors.
The development of two primary dynamic and interacting simulation modes is foreseen. The dynamic manufacturing model will simulate the internal performance of the enterprise. It includes the information flows and hierarchical structure of the company as well as the material flow analysis. The dynamic business model will provide the link between the internal and external activities of an enterprise. The effect of critical external events, such as the loss of market sectors, on internal activities will be evaluated in the model. In addition, the development of a solution generation support tool will be undertaken to assist in the generation of CIM solution options for study in the two main models. It incorporates permanent monitoring of the installed CIM system to allow refinement of CIM strategies and proper targeting of further CIM investment.
The main deliverables of the project will be:
- a functional specification
- a software package in prototype version
- a CIMSIM demonstrator at one of the partners' manufacturing sites.
SK10 2NE Macclesfield