The rapid proliferation of computers through all organizations makes it necessary to look at manufacturing in a new way to meet rapidly changing market conditions and the business environment. By using networking within the organization manufacturing units can work at high efficiencies and make decisions that affect their operations in a most informed way.
However, the extension of this networking to physical levels in the shop floor needs to be given special attention since this is often the weak link in the information chain. Organisations have also to look at the networking to the outside world which will have a great bearing on their ability to respond to opportunities, threats and regulatory policies impinging on their business.
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