Published in International Journal of Computer Science and Network Security, Volume 6, Issue 12, December 1, 2006, pages 185-191. Copyright © 2006 IJCSNS. Also available from publisher's website: http://paper.ijcsns.org/07_book/html/200612/200612104.html.
paper-based data management can be a bottleneck, slowing factory-wide information transfer. This study explores the evolution of paperless communication in a factory environment and reviews some of the key technologies that contribute to the implementation of a paperless system including digital communication, the virtual factory, computer-integrated manufacturing, and web-centric information flow. The challenges facing users of a paperless information system are also discussed.