The language of manufacturing contains a rich body of acronyms and terms.

Acronyms are the shorthand of business and technical communication. Knowing their
meanings is paramount - the “entrance fee” - to being an effective member of engineering
and management teams.

Knowledge of terms used regularly is essential in orienting one to business and technical
products and processes.

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  Acronym
Term
  Meaning
  ABC
Agile Manufacturing
AGV
Algorithm
ALM
AML
AMR
APPS
AP
API
APS
APT
AR
ASN
AS/RS
ATC
ATE
ATO
ATP
Automation
  Activity Based Costing
Another way of saying lean manufacturing
Automated Guided Vehicle
A step by step mathematical procedure
A Manufacturing Language
Asset Lifecycle Management
Advanced manufacturing Research - a consulting firm
Automated Parts Programming System
Accounts Payable
Applications Programming Interfaces
Advanced Planning and Scheduling
Automatic Programming of Tools
Accounts Receivable
Advanced Shipment Notification
Automated Storage & Retrieval Sys.
Automated Tool Changer
Automated Test Equipment
Assemble To Order
Available To Promise
The making of a process automatic by programming
       
  Barcode
Barcode reader
Barcode printer
BASIC
Benchmark
BI
BOM
Bottoms up structure, perception (model)
BPM
BPR
  A set of device for remote sensing of information
A means of reading barcode
A printer dedicated to barcode printing
Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code
Critical marks define a location or processing
Business Intelligence
Bills Of Material



Business Performance Managment
Business Process Reengineering
       
  C
C++
CAD
CAM
CADD
CAE
CAFÉ
CALS
CAO
CAPP
CAR
CASE
CBT
CCD
CDM
CD-ROM
Chaos theory
CICS
CIM
CMM
CMMS
CNC
COBOL
COM
COO
CPU
CRP
CRT
CTO
CTO
  C is a programming language
An extended form of C
Computer Aided Design
Computer Aided Manufacturing
Computer Aided Design and Drafting
Computer Aided Engineering
Computer Aided Facilities Engineering
Computer Aided Acquisition & Logistics Support
Computer Assisted Ordering
Computer Aided Process Planning
Corrective Action Report
Computer Aided Software Engineering
Computer Based Training
Charge-Coupled Device
Composite Document Mgt. (Unisys)
Compact Disk - Read Only Memory
Using chaos principles for actual manufacturing practice
Customer Information Control System
Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Coordinate Measuring Machine
Computer Maintenance Mgt. System
Computer Numerical Control
Common Business Oriented Language
Component Object Model
Chief Operating Officer
Central Processing Unit
Capacity Requirements Planning
Cathode Ray Tube
Chief Technology Officer
Configure To Order
       
  DARPA
DB
DBMS
DC
DC
DCM
DCOM
DCS
DDE
DFA
DFM
DFT
DOE
DOS
DNA
DNC
DRP
  Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Database
Database Management System
Data Collection
Distribution Center
Demand Chain Management
Distributed Component Object Model
Distributed Control System
Dynamic Data Exchange
Design For Assembly
Design For Manufacture
Design For Test
Design of Experiments
Disk Operating System
Distributed interNet Applications
Distributed (Direct) Numerical Control
Distribution Requirements Planning
     
  EBM
EC
ECO
EDI
EDLP
EDM
EEPROM
Embedded software
EOQ
EPM
EPROM
ERP
ERP II
Extended ERP
ETO
  Electric Beam machine
Electronic Commerce
Engineering-Change Order
Electronic Data Interchange
Everyday Low Price
Engineering Data Management
Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-only Memory
Software built into a computer system
Economic Order Quantity
Enterprise Performance Management
Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory
Enterprise Resource Planning

ERP extended into the enterprise
Engineer To Order
       
  FIFO
FLOPS
FMC
FMS
FORTH
FTL
4GL
  First In First Out
Floating-Point Operations Per Second
Flexible Manufacturing Cell
Flexible Manufacturing System
A small computer programming language
Full Truck Load
Fourth Generation Language
       
  GIS
GL
GUI
  Geographic Information Systems
General Ledger
Graphical User Interface
     
  HMI
HTML
  Human-Machine Interface
Hyper-Text Machine Language
       
  IC
IGES
I/O
IS
IS
ISO
ISS
ISS
IT
  Integrated Circuit
Initial Graphics Exchange Specification
Input/Output
Information Systems
Interactive Selling
International Standards Organization
Interactive Selling System
Internet Selling Systems
Information Technology
       
  Java
JIT
  A programming language and tailored for WWW
Just-In-Time
       
  Kanban   A Japanese just-in-time scheduling system
       
  LAN
LCD
LBM
Lean Manufacturing
LED
Logistics (Inbound)
Logistics (Outbound)
  Local Area Network
Liquid-Crystal Device
Laser Beam Machine
Manufacturing devoted to minimal cost and processing
Light Emitting Diode
Traffic into manufacturing enterprise
Traffic out of manufacturing enterprise
     
  MAP/TOP
MCB
MES
Mips
MIS
MMI
MOM
MPS
MPX
MRO
MRP
MRP II
MTO
MTS
  Manufacturing Automation Protocol
Master Control Block
Manufacturing Execution Systems
Million Instructions Per Second
Management Information Systems
Manufacturing Management Information
Manufacturing Operations Management (Gartner)
Master Production Scheduling
Microsoft Project X
Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul
Manufacturing Requirements Planning
Manufacturing Resource Planning
Make To Order (as in manufacturing)
Manufacture To Stock
       
  OCR
OEM
OLAP
OLAP
OLE
OLTP
OO
OOP
OOSE
  Optical Character Scanner
Original Equipment Manufacturer
Object Linking Applications Programming
On-line Analytical Processing?
Object Linking and Embedding
On-Line Transaction Processing
Object-Oriented
Object-Oriented Programming
Object-Oriented Software Engineering
       
  PA
PalmPilot
PASCAL
PAL
PC
PCB
PDES
PDF
PDM
PDM
PGS
PID
PLC
PLM
PO
POS
Preventive maintenance
PROLOG
PROM
  Project Activity
A hand held computer device
A structured programming language (after Pascal)
Personal Applications Launchpad
Personal Computer
Printed Circuit Board
Product Data Exchange (using STEP)
Portable document Format
Project Data Management
Project Data Mart
Proposal Generator System?
Proportional, Integral, Derivative (in analog devices)
Programmable Logic Controller
Product Lifecycle Management
Purchase Order
Point Of Sale
Scheduled maintenance before a problem

A programming language specifically for logical operations
Programmable Read-Only Memory
       
  QA
QC
QO
Quality circles
Queuing theory
  Quality Assurance
Quality Control
Quotes & Orders
Workshop groups for training in quality
Theories of engineering dynamics of good in motion
     
  RAM
RDBMS
RDC
Real time
RFC
RF/DC
RI
RISC
ROI
ROM
RTO (MRO)
  Random Access Memory
Relational Database Mgt. System
Regional Distribution Center
A goal for receipt of computer information
Radio Frequency Communications
Radio Frequency Data Communications
Referential Integrity
Reduced Instruction Set Computing
Return On Investment
Read only Memory
Repair To Order
       
  SAA
Servo mechanism
SC
SCADA
SCARA
SCE
SCM
SCADA
SCE
SCM
SCOR
SCP
SFA
SFC
Six sigma
SKU
SMART
Smart cards
SNA
SPARC
SPC
SO
SQC
SQL
SRM
STEP
  Systems Application Architecture
- an automated mechanism
Supply Chain
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition
Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arm
Supply Chain Execution
Supply Chain Management
Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition
Supply Chain Execution
Supply Chain Management
Supply Chain Operations Reference Model
Supply Chain Planning
Sales Force Automation
Shop Floor Control
A quality goal of zero defects
Stock Keeping Unit
Supplier Material Requirements Tracking
Discs for small computer programming or files
Systems Network Architecture
Scalable Process Architecture
Statistical Process Control
Sales order
Statistical Process Control
Structured Query Langauge
Supplier Relationship Management
Standard for The Exchange of Product model data
       
  TCP/IP
TMS
TO
TDM
TOC
TQC
TQM
  Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol
Time and Motion studies
To Order
Top down management
Theory Of Constraints
Total Quality Control
Total Quality Management
     
  UCC
UDF
UNIX
  Universal Container Code
User Defined Fields
(Bell OS Trademark)
       
  VAN
VAR
VM
  Value Added Network
Value Added Reseller
Visual Modeling
       
  WAN
WBS
WHS
WIP
WO
WYSIWYG
  Wide Area Network
Work Breakdown Structure
Warehouse Management System
Work In Process
Work Order
What You See Is What You Get
       
  XML   Extensible Markup Language
       
  Y2K   Year 2000 as a problem now passed
     
 
   

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