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Development Plan: Product Data Exchange Network



Simon P. Frechette, Kevin K. Jurrens


This document describes a plan to develop a product data exchange network to serve the needs of both international and national PDES/STEP efforts. The Product Data Exchange Network will be an integral part of the National PDES Testbed which was established at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 1988 under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Defense Computer-aided Acquisition and Logistic Support (CALS) program. A major goal of the Testbed is to provide technical leadership in a national effort to implement a complete and useful specification for the exchange of product data. This specification must be designed to meet the needs of American industry and CALS program.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 4431
Report Number


data exchange, PDES, product data, STEP


Frechette, S. and Jurrens, K. (1990), Development Plan: Product Data Exchange Network, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed May 26, 2024)


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Created February 28, 1990, Updated October 12, 2021