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Remote information management of an automated manufacturing system

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dc.contributor.advisor Vermaak, H.J.
dc.contributor.advisor Wessels, C.H.
dc.contributor.author Pretorius, Linda
dc.contributor.other Central University of Technology, Free State. Faculty of Engineering, Information and Communication Technology. School of Information and Communication Technology
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-12T19:18:59Z
dc.date.available 2014-10-12T19:18:59Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11462/104
dc.description Thesis (M. Tech.) -- Central University of Technology, Free State, 2007 en_US
dc.description.abstract With technology advancing, more and more people turn to the World Wide Web to conduct business. This may include buying and selling on the Web, advertising and monitoring of business activities. There is a big need for software and systems that enable remote monitoring and controlling of business activities. The Mechatronics Research Group of the Faculty of Engineering, Information and Communication Technology at the Central University of Technology, Free State, has identified a similar need. This research group has created an Automated Manufacturing System around which research topics revolve. They want to monitor this Automated Manufacturing System from remote locations like their offices or, if possible, from home. The Remote Information Management (RIM) System was developed, using the Rapid Application Development (RAD) Methodology. The reasons why this methodology was used, is because it is the best to use in a changing environment, when the system needs to be developed very quickly and when most of the data is already available. This is a good description of the Automated Manufacturing System’s environment. The RAD methodology consists of four stages: Requirements Planning, User Design, Rapid Construction and Transition. Project Management is used throughout these stages to ensure that the project goes according to plan. Development of the RIM system went through all four stages and project management was applied. The final system consisted of a Web Page with Web Camera views of the Automated Manufacturing System. The application that was developed using National Instruments LabVIEW, Microsoft Visual C++, and Microsoft Excel, is embedded in this Web Page. This application is called a Virtual Instrument (VI). The VI shows real-time data from the Automated Manufacturing System. Control over the VI can be granted and will allow the remote user to create reports on how many different products was produced and system downtimes. A system like the RIM System has advantages in the business world. It can enable telecommuting and will allow employees and managers to monitor (and even control) manufacturing systems, or any system connected to a PLC, from remote locations. en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Bloemfontein : Central University of Technology, Free State
dc.subject Central University of Technology, Free State - Dissertations en_US
dc.subject Computer integrated manufacturing systems en_US
dc.subject Information storage and retrieval systems - Business en_US
dc.subject Remote sensing en_US
dc.subject Electronic commerce en_US
dc.title Remote information management of an automated manufacturing system en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.rights.holder Central University of Technology, Free State

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