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The Distributed Data System of the Automated Manufacturing Research Facility of the National Bureau of Standards



Cita M. Furlani, Donald E. Libes, Edward J. Barkmeyer Jr., Mary Mitchell


A major facility for manufacturing research exists at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), the Automated Manufacturing Research Facility (AMRF). The AMRF has been designed as a data driven control system. This permits it to handle a broad range of parts for automated manufacturing but requires an effective interface between the data generated in a manufacturing system and the control modules that use the data. Data resources are physically distributed across a network of heterogeneous hardware and software systems acquired from numerous vendors. To meet these requirements a distributed data system, the Integrated Manufacturing Data Administration System (IMDAS), has been developed. IMDAS is characterized by 1) a common interface to user programs, 2) a common interface to underlying databases, and 3) a hierarchical architecture, providing both centralized and distributed services. It is designed to provide the control systems of the AMRF access to the data necessary to support the design, planning, manufacturing, and inspection of parts. Research has focused on the identification and modeling of factory data and relationships. Control processes specify requests for data services in a common data manipulation language.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of COMPCON SPRING `88
Conference Location


AMRF, automated manufacturing, data driven control system


Furlani, C. , Libes, D. , Barkmeyer Jr., E. and Mitchell, M. (1988), The Distributed Data System of the Automated Manufacturing Research Facility of the National Bureau of Standards, Proceedings of COMPCON SPRING `88, , USA, [online], (Accessed May 24, 2024)


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Created August 31, 1988, Updated October 12, 2021