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Manufacturing Information Systems: ISA88/95-Based Functional Definition

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Manufacturing plant control encompasses many tactical and operational functions that address several types of manufacturing-related operations.

The role of information in a manufacturing company is summarized in the illustration. Consider the three main flows crossing an enterprise system—material, money and information. It is easy to understand the specific importance of this information. Material flow constrains money flow, that is, no payment until delivery. Information flow constraints material flow, that is, there is no delivery until shipment documentation is issued. Information flow constrains money flow, because there is no payment until an invoice is issued.

Today’s ideal information systems are flexible, invisible information infrastructures that constantly adapt themselves to the actual resources, products, business and decision processes of the enterprise. They are no longer a constraint to developing a differentiating, winning strategy. Attaining the ideal information system implies reaching the highest level of maturity in development and maintenance, minimizing the effort needed to:



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