The technology systems model is a graphical organizer which helps to explain technology systems over an extended period of time. The components of this model are input, process, resources, output, and feedback; hence it is sometimes called a technology system diagram or TSM. The above-mentioned parts are an essential part of any technological system and need to be understood carefully to make sense of the overall model. The key functions of a TSM are clearly defined in this document. The Technology Systems Model describes how a company can make progress by adding to or changing the existing system. For instance, if a manufacturer wishes to increase production capacity, a change to a TSM may allow the company to do just that.
Another example of utilizing the TSM model is when computer-aided design (CAD) software is used to create or modify a TSM. In online shopping, the terms of payment, shipping, and customer service can all be modeled using the TSM framework. This type of modeling enables a manufacturer to focus on only those aspects of the sales process that they are most familiar with and thus eliminate waste. For instance, when handling payments, the software will have a tabulated breakdown of costs so that a manager can simply allocate funds to the appropriate areas. If the manager discovers that too much spending is taking place, corrective actions can easily be implemented.
Many companies wish to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by using technology systems to assist in the overall efficiency of business operations. An example of using online shopping software as an example of a TSM is when cash registers are networked. Online shopping can then be handled by employees without having to depend on outside technicians.
In this construction project example, it was discovered that workers were spending an inordinate amount of time entering the information manually. The TSM architecture identified that by adding an automatic tabulation system to the computer-aided construction project accounting process (CAC/CAD), worker input time would be greatly reduced. By combining the technology system with architectural drawings technology systems were added that would reduce the amount of manual input in the CAC/CAD process.
This same construction company found that manual entry of material purchase information was slowing down the production process. When combining the TSM architecture with material management software, a reduction in purchasing delays and an increase in worker productivity were achieved. It was also found that when the TSM software was combined with another software program called the Manufacturing Execution Environment (MFE) the accuracy of purchases in the manufacturing operation was greatly improved. When manufacturing parts were ordered in bulk it was found that when this type of software was integrated with the MFE software the parts could be produced more quickly than with either the TSM or MFE alone.
The system developed by this company also involved the use of electronic manuals. These manuals had a purpose and that was to provide workers with pertinent and up to date information during all phases of the construction project. Electronic manuals not only provided information, they also implemented procedures that were required throughout the process. All of this information was collected and stored on computers and then loaded into the computers that were linked throughout the entire facility. This system was used by the workers and maintenance department to generate the necessary documents and to run them through the various systems to ensure accuracy.
When building a new structure or remodeling an old one, it is common to have to replace certain component parts, such as windows, doors, skylights, roofs and even plumbing and electrical components. Although replacing these components can sometimes be simple and cost effective, the TSM technology system was developed to perform these tasks much more efficiently. The TSM architecture took the existing architectural drawings and material management software, which required designers and engineers to develop and design specific sets of building and mechanical components. This component system was then used to create an integrated information system which included everything from mechanical and electrical specifications to structural layouts and materials.
Although TSM technology has been available for years, it is only now being used to enhance the accuracy and efficiency of many components. The integrated data system generated from the TSM architecture allows for a much greater degree of precision and stability. It also provides many advantages, such as reduced costs and possible future savings with reduced waste. Using the TSM technology system will allow you to save money, while maintaining efficiency and accuracy in your building and projects.