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An Analysis of AP213 for Usage as a Process Plan Exchange Format



Michael Iuliano, Albert W. Jones, Shaw C. Feng


The objective of the Computer-Aided Manufacturing Engineering (CAME) project is to identify generic interfaces which can be used to demonstrate the integration of manufacturing engineering software applications. A number of software tool kits are envisioned to meet the objective. The first of these tool kits is called the Manufacturing Engineering Tool Kit (METK). It focuses on the integration of operation planning and Numerical Control (NC) program verification. The METK strategy is to use a process plan as a means of transferring the required electronic data between these applications. From the METK viewpoint, a process plan is a collection of work elements which describe the tasks to be done and the resources needed to do them. The exchange of these plans between these packages is the focus of this paper. The paper describes the commercial applications which make up the METK and our efforts to use the protocol specified in ISO DIS 10303-AP213 to exchange plans among these applications.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 5992
Report Number


applications protocols, integration, manufacturing engineering, NC programs, process plans, simulation, work elements


Iuliano, M. , Jones, A. and Feng, S. (1997), An Analysis of AP213 for Usage as a Process Plan Exchange Format, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 14, 2024)
Created January 1, 1997, Updated November 10, 2018