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Data Distribution in the NBS Automated Manufacturing Research Facility



Mary Mitchell, Edward J. Barkmeyer Jr.


The Automated Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF) at the National Bureau of Standards is being constructed as a testbed for research in the automation of small batch manufacturing, in particular for systems producing machined parts in lots of 1000 or less. Construction started in late 1981 and by late 1986, the testbed will be made available for selected research by academic and industrial organizations, research institutions and Government agencies. The project is funded by NBS and the Navy Manufacturing Technology Program and significantly supported by industry through donations or loans of major components and through cooperative research programs. The object of the project is to identify and exercise potential standard interfaces between existing and future components of small-batch manufacturing systems and to provide a laboratory for the development of factory-floor metrology in an automated environment, delivering proven measurement techniques and standard reference materials to American industry. Commercially available products are being used to construct the facility wherever possible, in order to expedite transfer of research results into the private sector.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the IPAD II Conference
Conference Location


Automated Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF), small batch manufacturing, factory-floor metrology


Mitchell, M. and Barkmeyer Jr., E. (1984), Data Distribution in the NBS Automated Manufacturing Research Facility, Proceedings of the IPAD II Conference, , USA (Accessed April 18, 2024)
Created January 31, 1984, Updated October 12, 2021