Basics of Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) and recent developments are discussed in this book. An overview of automation systems and their history is provided at the outset of the book. A discussion on group technology and flexible manufacturing systems follows before returning to various automation strategies. The basic principles of Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) are lucidly presented in this book highlighting the interactions among its various elements. After an introduction to the basics of CIM, the author discusses the principles behind the technologies of computers, communications and databases followed by discussion of CIM technologies for discrete-parts production. A variety of manufacturing methods, such as just-in-time (JIT), lean, and agile manufacturing are discussed in length, as are database systems, machine functions, and design considerations for numerical control and computer control machines, as well as the CIM system itself. Finally, the book discusses how artificial intelligence can be used in the real world, using case studies and network application and signalling methodologies. Students and professionals in mechanical, production, and industrial engineering as well as management would find this text interesting, although it is primarily aimed at undergraduate and graduate students.