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Multi-Enterprise Concurrent Engineering Through International Standards



Gary Carver, Howard Bloom


Concurrent engineering involves the integration of people, systems, and information into a responsive, efficient system. Integration of computerized systems allows additional benefits: automatic knowledge capture during the development and lifetime management of a product, and automatic exchange of knowledge among different computer systems. Critical enablers are product data standards and enterprise integration frameworks. A pioneering assault on the complex technical challenges is associated with the emerging international STandard for the Exchange of Product model data (STEP). Surpassing in scope previous standards efforts, the goal is a complete, unambiguous, computer-readable definition of the physical and functional characteristics of a product throughout its life cycle. STEP will lead to higher, integrated levels of automation based upon information standards and frameworks. Concurrent engineering, through information technology and standards, represents the power of a new industrial revolution.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 4708
Report Number


STandard for the Exchange of Product model data (STEP), product life cycle, information standards, enterprise integration


Carver, G. and Bloom, H. (1991), Multi-Enterprise Concurrent Engineering Through International Standards, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed July 25, 2024)


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Created September 30, 1991, Updated October 12, 2021