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RAMP: Reusable Abstractions of Manufacturing Processes

RAMP - Reusable Abstractions of Manufacturing Processes

NIST has organized a challenge competition to produce models of manufacturing processes conforming to the ASTM E3012-16 standard.  E3012-16 provides guidance for characterizing manufacturing processes in a manner that allows  meaningful sustainability performance analysis.  The model that best demonstrates how  E3012-16 can achieve a more robust, optimized, and less environmentally taxing manufacturing process will take the top prize of $1,000.  The 2018 NIST RAMP Challenge is open through April 20.  Finalists will be invited to present their entries in a workshop at ASME MSEC 2018 in College Station, TX, on June 21. 

Full competition rules, prizes, and entry information are available at

NEW WEBINAR:  Highlighting the New UMP Builder Tool , March 26 at 3:30pm EDT
In addition to describing the competition, how to submit entries, and answering questions from viewers, the webinar will showcase the just-updated UMP Builder, an open tool that helps participants record Unit Manufacturing Process models—a main component of the competition.  

A recording of a previous webinar describing the competition and how to submit entries is available at


 NIST, NSF Directorate for Engineering, ASTM International E60 Committee, ASME MSEC, SME NAMRC

Created February 1, 2018, Updated March 23, 2018