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Knowledge and Skill Chains in Engineering and Manufacturing

Information Infrastructure in the Era of Global Communications

Knowledge and Skill Chains in Engineering and Manufacturing by Eiji Arai
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Since the first DIISM conference, which took place 9 years ago, the world has seen drastic changes, including the transformation of manufacturing and engineering software, and the information and communication technologies deployed. The conditions for manufacturing and engineering have changed on a large scale, in terms of technology-enabled collaboration among the fields of design, engineering, production, usage, maintenance and recyclingldisposal. These changes can be observed in rapidly-growing fields such as supply chain management. As for production technologies at factory floors, new visions on human-machine co-existing systems involve both knowledge management and multi-media technologies. Therefore, because of these changes, the importance of information infrastructure for manufacturing has increased, stunningly. Information infrastructure plays a key role in integrating diverse fields of manufacturing, engineering and management. This, in addition to its basic role, as the information and communication platform for the production systems. Eventually, it should also serve the synthetic function of knowledge management, during the life cycles of both the production systems and their products, and for all stakeholders.
Springer US; December 2008
387 pages; ISBN 9780387238524
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Title: Knowledge and Skill Chains in Engineering and Manufacturing
Author: Eiji Arai; Eindhoven University of Technology; Fumihiko Kimura; Keiichi Shirase
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