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Information technology is playing an increasingly vital role in supporting business change, sustaining best practices, driving performance, and enabling business scale. The application of IT toward improved operations and efficiency is an absolute must for any successful manufacturer. Information Technology for Manufacturing: Reducing Costs and Expanding Capabilities provides the ground rules for integrating IT into manufacturing and demonstrates how the intelligent use of IT brings a substantial return on investment while maintaining the viability of a business.This book takes a comprehensive look at the five major functional areas where IT plays a pivotal role in manufacturing processes: manufacturing execution, product lifecycle management, use and analysis of performance data, planning and scheduling, and maintenance management. It includes various examples that show concretely how IT systems have been used successfully in a wide range of vertical industries.The book also explores the distinct stages that are part of the project lifecycle: strategy, framework, implementation, and support. If you believe that your manufacturing operations could benefit from more effective deployment of information technology systems, this book is for you.
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