Being typical of manufacturing industry currently, "islands of automation" have
severely limited further productivity increases. As being gradually realised, CIM
(Computer Integrated Manufacturing) can provide opportunities for higher
productivity, and CIM systems integration is the major task for achieving CIM.
With reference to the background, this research project was mainly concerned
with formalising flexible CIM systems integration architectures and evolving
generic and flexible integration tools and methods. [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.