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A Neutral Information Model for Simulating Machine Shop Operations



Yung-Tsun Lee, Charles R. McLean, Guodong Shao


Small machine shops typically do not have the resources to develop custom simulations of their operations or data translators to import their data from other manufacturing software applications. This paper presents an overview of an information model currently under development at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to address this problem. The model provides neutral data interfaces for integrating machine shop software applications with simulation. The information model provides mechanisms for describing data about organizations, calendars, work, resources, schedules, parts, process plans, and layouts within a machine shop environment. The model has been developed using the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and the Extensible Markup Language (XML).
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the 2003 Winter Simulation Conference
Conference Location


Machine Shop, Manufacturing, Neutral Information Model, Simulation, Software Applications


Lee, Y. , McLean, C. and Shao, G. (2003), A Neutral Information Model for Simulating Machine Shop Operations, Proceedings of the 2003 Winter Simulation Conference, , USA, [online], (Accessed July 18, 2024)


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Created July 31, 2003, Updated October 12, 2021