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Defining requirements for integrating information between design, manufacturing, and inspection



Thomas D. Hedberg Jr., Michael Sharp, Toby M. Maw, Moneer Helu, Mostafizur M. Rahman, Swati Jadhav, James J. Whicker, Allison Barnard Feeney


Industry desires a digital thread of information that aligns as-designed, as-planned, as-executed, and as-inspected viewpoints. An experiment was conducted to test selected open data standards' ability to integrate the lifecycle stages of engineering design, manufacturing, and quality assurance through a thorough implementation of a small scale model-based enterprise. The research team set out to answer: from design, through production, and final inspections, what are the hurdles that a manufacturer would face during the development of a fully linked and integrated information chain? The research team was not able to fully link all the required information, but value for industry was still identified. This paper presents the results of the experiment, provides guidance on how to overcome or mitigate identified challenges, and discusses the benefits or incentives to be gained from tracing or linking information through multiple stages a product lifecycle.
International Journal of Production Research


data interoperability, model-based enterprise, digital thread, digital twin


Hedberg Jr., T. , Sharp, M. , Maw, T. , Helu, M. , Rahman, M. , Jadhav, S. , Whicker, J. and Barnard Feeney, A. (2021), Defining requirements for integrating information between design, manufacturing, and inspection, International Journal of Production Research, [online],, (Accessed June 16, 2024)


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Created May 11, 2021, Updated October 14, 2021