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Current Standards Landscape for Smart Manufacturing Systems



Yan Lu, Katherine C. Morris, Simon P. Frechette


The future of manufacturing lies in being able to optimize the use of resources to produce high quality product and adapt quickly to changing conditions. From smaller lot sizes, to more customization, to sudden changes in supply chain; the variability that manufacturers face is rapidly increasing. The key to enabling adaptive and smart manufacturing systems is information. Standards are fundamental 1) to facilitate the delivery of the right information at the right time, 2) to enable actions based on that information and 3) to reduce risk of technology adoption and development. This paper provides a review of the standards—a standards landscape—in which future smart manufacturing systems will operate. The landscape focuses on integration standards within and across three manufacturing lifecycle dimensions: product, production system, and business. Opportunities and challenges for new standards are discussed. Emerging activities addressing these opportunities are presented. This paper will allow manufacturing practitioners to better understand the standards useful to integrate smart manufacturing technologies within their areas of expertise.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 8107
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Lu, Y. , Morris, K. and Frechette, S. (2016), Current Standards Landscape for Smart Manufacturing Systems, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 18, 2024)


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Created February 23, 2016, Updated November 10, 2018