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CIRP Encyclopedia of Production Engineering

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System

  • Kosmas AlexopoulosAffiliated withLaboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation (LMS), Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras Email author 
  • , Konstantinos EfthymiouAffiliated withLaboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation (LMS), Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras
  • , George ChryssolourisAffiliated withLaboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation (LMS), Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras

Synonyms

Arrangement; Organization; Schema

Definition

A system is an integrated composite of people, products, and processes that provides a capability to satisfy a stated need or objective.

Theory and Application

Introduction

The transdisciplinary study of systems which aims to identify and determine principles, applicable to all types of systems independent of the scientific field, is the field of the systems theory. System theory as a minimum includes parts/wholes, system/boundary/environment, structure/process, emergent properties, hierarchy of systems, positive and negative feedback, information and control, open systems, holism and observer. The term “systems theory” is originated from the work “general system theory” of von Bartalanffy who first recognized the application of the aforementioned concepts across various disciplines (Bertalanffy 1968). Systems theory is associated with a vast number of theories of specific disciplines such as cybern ...

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