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Data-driven automation that affects all systems or subsystems within a manufacturing environment: design and development, production (seeCAD/CAM), marketing and sales, and field support and service. Basic manufacturing functions as well as materials-handling and inventory control can also be simulated by computers before the system is built in an attempt to eliminate wastage. See alsoartificial intelligence, expert systems, robotics.
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