Distributed Processing Systems

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entirely new appraoch to the manufacturing subsystem. Numerous operations research techniques are capable of producing fast and accurate results for management; several of these techniques were discussed in this chapter.For the foregoing hardware and technical advances to be operational in a distributed processing manufacturing subsystem, a data base must be accessible by various CRT devices, especially those on or near the production floor. The manufacturing data base must be structured such that it meets the needs of those that require timely responses, whether they be line personnel, operating management, or higher management. Only in this manner can the manufacturing subsystem operate in an interactive processing mode, representing a considerable advancement over the integrated MIS.
QUESTIONS
1. What are the essential differences between an integrated MIS manufacturing subsystem and a distributed processing manufacturing subsystem?
2. a. Enumerate the manufacturing data that should be stored on the corporate data base for centralized processing.
b. Enumerate the manufacturing data that should be stored on the division data base for local processing.
3. State the various types of manufacturing information that can be and should be batch-processed in a distributed processing system.
4. Prepare a system flowchart for a manufacturing subsystem that depicts the information flow and the physical flow in a distributed processing environment.
5. Referring to the section on the operations of the machine shop, recommend improvements that reflect an ideal distributed processing operating mode.
6. Referring to the section on the operations of the major assembly area, recommend improvements that reflect an ideal distributed processing operating mode.
7. How important is a data collection system for a distributed processing manufacturing subsystem? Explain.

SELECTED REFERENCES

Anderson, R. A., "Programmable Automation: The Bright Future of Computers in Manufacturing," Datamation, Dec. 1972.

Arnold, J. G., "Online at the Factory," Computer Decisions, March 1975.

Benedict, G. A., "Time Sharing Keeps Machine Shop Production on Time," Computer Decisions, Feb. 1970.

Bevis, G. A., "A Management Viewpoint on the Implementation of a MRP System," Production and Inventory Management, March 1976.

Birmingham, D. J., "Factory Data Systems Smooth Production Flow," Computer Decisions, March 1972.

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