The research plan consists of a portfolio of interrelated projects that focus on key areas of the standards, test methods, and measurement science needed to achieve successful development and implementation of model-based enterprise principles. Collectively the projects provide a comprehensive approach that will lead to new industry standards and practices, which will result in efficient dynamic manufacturing systems. Where appropriate, assessment efforts will be initiated to further elicit and analyze industrial requirements. These requirements will assist in scoping the projects and guiding the development and standardization work in subsequent years.
The MBE program will also assume responsibility for the planning and execution of the MBE Summit during the month of April each year of the program. The MBE Summit will be an anchor event of the program to support the dissemination of information, technical transfer, and adoption in MBE. Each project from the program will support the recruitment of high-quality publications and presentations, while also working to grow the MBE community of interest.