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Manufacturing is the transformation of raw materials into finished goods for sale, or intermediate processes involving the production or finishing of semi-manufactures. It is a large branch of industry and of secondary production. Some industries, like semiconductor and steel manufacturers use the term fabrication.

Although handicraft production has been with us for many millennia, modern-style manufacturing is generally regarded as beginning around 1780 with the British Industrial Revolution, spreading thereafter to Continental Europe and North America, and subsequently around the world.

While it remains a huge part of the modern world economy
perhaps a quarter of aggregate world production of goods and services
many of the world's wealthier nations devote an ever smaller proportion of their workforce to manufacturing activity owing to relocation of enterprises to lower-wage countries and the rising proportion of economic activity devoted to service activity.

Manufacturing Topics of interest for further investigation:

Taxonomy of manufacturing processes

Manufacturing Systems

Craft system

English system of manufacturing

American System of manufacturing

Soviet collectivism in manufacturing

Mass production

Just in time manufacturing

Lean manufacturing

Flexible manufacturing

Mass customization

Agile manufacturing

Rapid manufacturing





Scientific management



Quality control

Manufacturing Engineering

Industrial and manufacturing engineering

Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Computer-aided manufacturing

Computer integrated manufacturing

Numerically controlled

Computer numerically controlled

Distributed Control Systems

Fieldbus control systems

Programmable logic controllers

Assembly Systems

Assembly line

Industrial robot


Rapid prototyping

Computer aided design

New product development


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The above article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Manufacturing_definition_manufacturer.htm).   Some of the links have been modified.  6/5/05
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