Professor of School of Engineering, Design and Built Environment, Western Sydney University, Australia. His research interests cover Industry 4.0, Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Engineering Materials and Structures (Metals and Composites), Multi-scale Modelling of Materials and Structures, Metal Forming and Metal Surface Treatment.
Abstract—In a computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) environment, proper planning, control and
operational processes require a proper combination of expert knowledge of the area along with
powerful decision support capabilities.This paper discusses the salient features of decision
support systems (DSS) and expert systems, and their integration to support the major functions
from strategic level considerations and marketing to manufacturing operational planning and
process. From the hierarchical structure of information flow in an organization, this paper attempts
to find the best way of combining decision support systems with expert systems for enhancing
the planning, control and operational functions in a CIM environment.
Index Terms—Decision Support Systems, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Expert
System, Hierarchical Structure, InformationFlow
Cite: Sanatan Ratna and Dhrub Prasad, "Integrating Decision Support and Expert Systems for Enhanced Planning, Control and Operational Functions in a CIM Environment," International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 437-444, July 2014.
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