An investigation into the application of computerised production and stock control in medium sized manufacturing companies.
Over the last two decades many manufacturing organisations have attempted to adopt computer technology in an endeavour to improve operational control, yet successful installations continue to be the exception rather than the rule. This thesis examines, by way of a two phase case study, the process of implementing computer technology in a small/medium sized organisation. In the first phase of the case study the implementation of an established proprietary stock control system is described. Previous attempts by the collaborating company's management to implement this system had failed and the author examines the probable cause of the organisation's initial difficulties. With the successful completion of phase one the thesis continues by describing the creation and implementation of a strategy for the development of an integrated management information system. A omprehensive 'state of the art' survey of Computer
Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) theory is included which
examines in detail the feasibility of adopting the CIM
philosophy in a small/medium sized organisation. This is
followed by a description of the practical application of
this theory at the collaborating company and the creation
of a bespoke integrated management information system.
The thesis concludes by assimilating the conclusions and
observations from this and the previous phase of the case
study and presents a methodology to assist manufacturing
organisations in the development of their own CIM