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Apparel Product Data Exchange Standard



Yung-Tsun T. Lee


The apparel industry is increasingly reliant on computer technologies to support activities throughout the product life cycle. As computers become more widely used in design, pattern making, grading, and automated manufacturing, the industry is becoming more aware of the potential benefits of exchanging information electronically. A standard for communication among different CAD/CAM systems is also becoming a very important issue. The STandard for the Exchange of Product model data (STEP) is an emerging international standard, the result of an effort to develop a mechanism for digitally representing the physical and functional characteristics of a product throughout a product''s life cycle. In recent years, the National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST), under the Defense Logistics Agency''s sponsorship, has been working on extending STEP to include apparel product data to support computer integration of the apparel life cycle. The work is continuing to be carried out with support from, and in cooperation with, standards organizations and the Apparel Manufacturers Association (AAMA), so that they can establish a task group to develop formal application protocols as extensions to STEP for apparel. The AAMA has agreed to this proposal. This paper describes the proposed activities.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the Third Annual Academic Apparel Research Conference


apparel, computer technology, design, pattern making, grading, automated manufacturing


Lee, Y. (1992), Apparel Product Data Exchange Standard, Proceedings of the Third Annual Academic Apparel Research Conference, [online], (Accessed July 13, 2024)


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Created January 1, 1992, Updated February 17, 2017