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NIST Response to MES Request for Information



Edward J. Barkmeyer Jr., Peter O. Denno, Shaw C. Feng, Evan K. Wallace, Albert T. Jones


This is a response from the National Institute of Standards (NIST) to OMG's Request for Information concerning the Manufacturing Execution System (MES) area [RFI3]. There has been quite a bit of previous work at NIST, related to this RFI which influenced our response. This work included: development of a distributed shop floor control architecture - the Manufacturing Systems Integration (MSI) architecture [MSICEI], development of an activity model of the technical aspects of the product realization process for discrete metal parts (the Systems Integration for Manufacturing Applications Reference Architecture cited in the MES RFI) [SIMA96], involvement with validation and evolution of the SEMATECH CIM Application Framework [CIMFW], integration case studies with scheduling tools, and process planning /engineering experience [FENG]. This paper proposes a definition of the MES area as it applies to the work of the OMG Manufacturing Execution System / Machine Control working group (RFI item 3.1) including a set of functional views adapted from MESA International. In answer to the question of how to partition the MES systems (RFI item 3.3), we have provided a matrix of categories of data related to MES versus actions on that data. In this matrix we identify the functional views that use or cause this relationship. To assist in mapping this partitioning to a set of interfaces that could be requested in a set of RFPs, we have provided a simple object model with a suggested componentization based on the interrelationships among the objects. Finally a brief road-map is suggested for issuing RFPs to define the above interfaces.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6397
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dispatching, Manufacturing Execution Systems, object management group, production, scheduling


Barkmeyer Jr., E. , Denno, P. , Feng, S. , Wallace, E. and Jones, A. (1999), NIST Response to MES Request for Information, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed July 15, 2024)


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Created August 31, 1999, Updated October 12, 2021