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Development of Manufacturing Systems Models Using VRML



V Krishnamurthy, Michael Iuliano, Charles R. McLean


The System Integration for Manufacturing Applications (SIMA) Program is a major internal effort being undertaken at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to support the application of information technologies to the manufacturing domain. Within the SIMA Program, it is often necessary to convey the integration work underway to potential collaborators, sponsors, and supporters within industry, other government agencies, and academic institutions. The Technology Outreach Project was initiated to demonstrate the work underway and transfer technology in the various projects within the SIMA. This paper describes the application of Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) technology to describe the various aspects of a virtual manufacturing scenario on the Internet. Using VRML, we created a unique multi-dimensional work in which the audience was able to fly through photos of conventional machine shop and a high volume assembly line producing products, system architecture diagram, information system models and virtual manufacturing systems.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6093
Report Number


multi-dimensional model, Virtual Manufacturing System, VRML


Krishnamurthy, V. , Iuliano, M. and McLean, C. (1997), Development of Manufacturing Systems Models Using VRML, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed May 23, 2024)


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Created December 31, 1996, Updated October 12, 2021