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Industrial Need: Production Management Standards



Albert T. Jones, Charles R. McLean


The High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC) program was formally established by the High Performance Computing Acto of 1991 (Public Law 102-194). T The goal of this program is to accelerate the development of future generations of high performance computers and networks and the use of these resources in the government and throughout the U.S. economy. NIST's Systems Integration of Manufacturing Applications (SIMA) Program is the agency's coordinating focus for its HPCC activities. The primary output of the SIMA Program will be a collection of specifications called Initial Manufacturing Exchange Specifications (IMES). IMES's provide the means to improve the SIMA Program's ability to meet the needs of the U.S. Industry in the area of standards and testing methods by providing a structured approach to the SIMA Program's activities in this arena. They will fill an important void in the manufacturing systems integration process as it exists today. Each IMES will be developed through an industry review and consensus process. It is expected that the manufacturing community will accept them as an authoritative specification. This document describes the results of Phase I of the Production Management component of the Production and Production Data Management project within SIMA. It identifies and documents the industry need, a manufacturing scenario, the interface specifications to be developed, potential collaborators, and the proposed technical approach for this project. It also describes the relationships between the proposed project and the SIMA Reference Architecture, other related projects, and existing standards activities.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6058
Report Number


information models, integration, production management, simulation, virtual manufacturing


Jones, A. and McLean, C. (1997), Industrial Need: Production Management Standards, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed February 27, 2024)
Created July 31, 1997, Updated October 12, 2021