In this module we have covered the history and development of manufacturing and production, from hand tools and machines to applications of semi-automatic machines to computer-aided systems into full automation in manufacturing. We've looked at how manufacturing has developed in four areas of the world in particular: England, America, Russia and China. You've also been given an overview of four commonly used manufacturing systems and have compared their respective advantages.
The development of manufacturing systems tells us that under a competitive market, manufacturers and their engineers need to continually improve their productivity and product quality with more efficient systems and processes. The adoption of computer-aided manufacturing systems can definitely help to improve productivity and product quality. Having studied this module, you should now have a general idea of where manufacturing systems have come from, how they are implemented in the present, and where they may be heading in the future.