Computer-integrated manufacturing

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computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM) The use of computers to control equipment used in manufacturing systems. The term covers systems constructed from machine tools, and robotics, and includes parts distribution and handling, automated storage of raw materials, work in progress, and finished goods. See also computer-aided engineering, computer-aided manufacturing, computer-aided production management.

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1. Abbrev. for computer-integrated manufacturing.

2. Abbrev. for computer input (on) microfilm, i.e. the process, or the input itself; it is not widely used. Input devices that have been produced have relied on optical character recognition (OCR) to recode alphanumeric data on microfilm or have read special microfilm on which the data was recorded as binary code. See also COM.

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