Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)

Competency Group: Mechanical Engineering

Type: Software

Description: Computer Integrated Manufacturing, known as CIM, is the phrase used to describe the complete automation of a manufacturing plant, with all processes functioning under computer control with digital information tying them together. Through the integration of computers, manufacturing can be faster and less error-prone. The main advantage of CIM is the ability to create automated manufacturing processes. Typically CIM relies on closed-loop control processes, based on real-time input from sensors. It is also known as flexible design and manufacturing. For example: Automated Canning Factory.

Citation for Description: Rockford Consulting Group. (1999). Computer integrated manufacturing. Retrieved from AND Computer-integrated manufacturing. (2011). Retrieved from Wikipedia,                

Advantages: Fast and less error prone than a human production line. Decreases possibility of a manufacturing process  running out of product components.

Limitations: Can be very expensive and requires system operators for repair and maintenance. Can get very complicated.

Regulations: International Organization for Standardization. (2011). ISO/IEC 2382-24:1995. Retrieved from

Target Audience: Engineering, Production

Relevant to Universal Design: No

Stages and Steps: 7.4, 7.5, 7.6, 7.12, 8.1

Free Resources: Ryan, V. (2008). Computer Integrated Manufacture (CIM). Retrieved from

Purchase Resource: Wonderware. (2012). Retrieved from

Purchase Resource: International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing. (2012). Retrieved from