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CALS Technologies Make Business Sense for the Customer, Therapeutic Footwear Industry



Howard T. Moncarz


The commercialization and integration of emerging technologies for custom, therapeutic footwear (CTF) manufacturing will provide economic and health-care benefits to the country and will improve responsiveness to consumer desires. CALS technologies, in particular the Standard for the Exchange of Product Model Data (STEP), can greatly increase the benefits that are possible. Using STEP Application Protocols (APs), complex product information can be unambiguously transferred throughout the virtual and distributed, multi-enterprise marketplace that is anticipated for the future CTF industry. In that marketplace, information representing foot shapes, shoe lasts (forms for footwear manufacturing), orthopedic inserts, and the patterns that comprise the footwear pieces must be transferred among different organizations. Those organizations will be Demographically distributed, involved in different phases of the CTF manufacturing life cycle, and all connected through the virtual marketplace. This paper will describe that marketplace, the type of STEP APs required, and possible business scenarios expected.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the CALS Expo International Conference
Conference Location
Long Beach, CA


CALS, custom footwear, footwear, orthopedic insert, STEP therapeutic footwear, virtual enterprise


Moncarz, H. (1995), CALS Technologies Make Business Sense for the Customer, Therapeutic Footwear Industry, Proceedings of the CALS Expo International Conference, Long Beach, CA (Accessed April 17, 2024)
Created September 1, 1995, Updated February 17, 2017