At the end of 1985 International Data Corporation (IDC) put the total worldwide industrial automation market at $11.3 billion, growing to $39 billion in 1990. If these figures are accurate, this growth is immense. But more interesting even than the growth of the market is the way the figures are broken down. This shows very clearly that, while robots, for example, are stuck at two per cent of the market in 1985 and 1990, manufacturing information systems — in other words the systems which move design, production and other data in and around the factory and its related offices — will grow from under a third to nearly 40 per cent of this much greater total market, a higher growth rate than any other part of the market.
KeywordsMachine Tool Computer Numerical Control Computer Numerical Control Machine Computer Integrate Manufacturing Material Requirement Planning
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