TEACHING MANUFACTURING-ORIENTED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FOR THE FUTURE FACTORY Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Equipping students with the concepts, knowledge, skills, and perceptions to cope with the requirements of the position she or he will hold upon graduation, is always challenging, and the field of Information Technology (IT) is no exception. The future factory is an important subject matter presenting such a challenge. Boyer, Ward and Leong (1996), citing others, define the factory of the future as based on advanced manufacturing technologies (AMT) and the economies of scope that they engender: paperless, almost workerless, and possessing the ability to produce a large variety of products cost effectively in lot sizes as small as one. Almost a decade later, Bracht and Masurat (2005) define the digital factory in similar terms-fully computer-aided planning, production and operation of the factory, networked through a central database. Sackett and McCluney (1992) state that in order to …

publication date

  • January 1, 2012