Information-Based Manufacturing: Technology, Strategy and Industrial Applications

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Article publication date: 1 December 2002




Rigelsford, J. (2002), "Information-Based Manufacturing: Technology, Strategy and Industrial Applications", Assembly Automation, Vol. 22 No. 4.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2002, MCB UP Limited

Information-Based Manufacturing: Technology, Strategy and Industrial Applications

Information-Based Manufacturing: Technology, Strategy and Industrial Applications

M.J. Shaw (Ed.)Kluwer2001342 pp.ISBN 0-7923-7231-X£91.00 (hardback)

Keywords: Manufacturing, Information

This book aims to bridge the gap between academic and industrial research in the interdisciplinary field of information-based manufacturing. It focuses on the use of information systems and information technology to enhance the effectiveness of manufacturing organisations.

“Information-Based Manufacturing” is based on material originally published in the International Journal of Flexible Manufacturing Systems. The 15 papers are subdivided into five key areas. Part I, an Introduction to Information-Based Manufacturing, presents three papers addressing “Information-Based Manufacturing with the Web”, “Information-Based Manufacturing in the Information Age” and “The Information Technology Productivity Paradox Revisited: A Theoretical and Empirical Investigation in the Manufacturing Sector”.

Part II discusses different aspects of Supply-Chain Management and includes “Agent-Oriented Supply-Chain Management” and “Reengineering the Order Fulfilment Process in Supply-Chain Networks”.

Parts III and IV address Modeling the Information-Based Manufacturing Systems, Processes, and the Enterprise; and Infrastructure and Control for Information-Based Manufacturing. Papers presented in these sections include “Integrated Modeling Framework for Manufacturing Systems: A Unified Representation of the Physical Process and Information System”, “Object- Oriented Modeling for Flexible Manufacturing Systems”, “The Application of Enterprise Modeling for Aerospace Manufacturing System Integration” and “A Decentralized Approach to Estimate Activity-Based Costs and Near-Optimal Resource Allocation in Flexible Manufacturing Systems”.

The final part of the book addresses Managing the Information-Based Manufacturing Life Cycles. “Manufacturing Cost Modeling for Product Design” and “Information-Based Dynamic Manufacturing System Scheduling” are amongst the three papers presented in this section.

“Information-Based Manufacturing: Technology, Strategies and Industrial Applications” is a comprehensive and well written reference text. It provides up-to-date research in the key areas of manufacturing and information systems, making it suitable for both academics and those in industry.

Jon Rigelsford

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