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<p>The authors propose a framework for using knowledge-based systems to integrate the heterogeneous multidatabases of computer integrated manufacturing (CIM). For each database, a corresponding knowledge-based system is designed for directing knowledge-processing of shared information. This one-to-one method reduces the complexity of the problem. Specifically, the structure, features, and knowledge representation for a knowledge-based system are presented. Then, a prototype of an interface between manufacturing planning and computer-aided design is described. Due to the potential for rapid changes in the manufacturing environment, the linkages among CIM databases are designed to be dynamic, flexible, and adaptive to a wide variety of situations.</p>
knowledge-based technology; CIM databases; knowledge-based systems; heterogeneous multidatabases; computer integrated manufacturing; knowledge-processing; shared information; one-to-one method; knowledge representation; interface; manufacturing planning; computer-aided design; CIM databases; CAD/CAM; database management systems; knowledge based systems

W. Wu and D. Dilts, "Using Knowledge-Based Technology to Integrate CIM Databases," in IEEE Transactions on Knowledge & Data Engineering, vol. 3, no. , pp. 237-245, 1991.
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