Engineering Databases

Connecting Islands of Automation Through Databases

  • José L. Encarnação
  • Peter C. Lockemann

Part of the Symbolic Computation book series (SYMBOLIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. José L. Encarnação, Peter C. Lockemann
    Pages 1-19
  3. José L. Encarnação, Peter C. Lockemann
    Pages 21-137
  4. José L. Encarnação, Peter C. Lockemann
    Pages 139-188
  5. José L. Encarnação, Peter C. Lockemann
    Pages 189-229

About this book


Automation is nothing new to industry. It has a long tradition on the factory floor, where its constant objective has been to increase the productivity of manufacturing processes. Only with the advent of computers could the focus of automation widen to include administrative and information-handling tasks. More recently, automation has been extended to the more intellectual tasks of production planning and control, material and resource planning, engineering design, and quality control. New challenges arise in the form of flexible manu­ facturing, assembly automation, and automated floor vehicles, to name just a few. The sheer complexity of the problems as well as the state of the art has led scientists and engineers to concentrate on issues that could easily be isolated. For example, it was much simpler to build CAD systems whose sole objective was to ease the task of drawing, rather than to worry at the same time about how the design results could be interfaced with the manufacturing or assembly processes. It was less problematic to gather statistics from quality control and to print reports than to react immediately to first hints of irregularities by inter­ facing with the designers or manufacturing control, or, even better, by auto­ matically diagnosing the causes from the design and planning data. A heav- though perhaps unavoidable - price must today be paid whenever one tries to assemble these isolated solutions into a larger, integrated system.


VLSI automation data modelling database database system databases design modeling operating system performance programming reading relational database software software engineering

Editors and affiliations

  • José L. Encarnação
    • 1
  • Peter C. Lockemann
    • 2
  1. 1.FG GRISTH DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany
  2. 2.Fakultät für InformatikUniversität KarlsruheKarlsruhe 1Germany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-64859-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-61508-5
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