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Overview of the Manufacturing Engineering Toolkit Prototype



Michael Iuliano


Many different types of manufacturing software applications have become available in recent years. These applications focus on specific engineering functions of the overall product life cycle. A problem facing industry is that these applications are not designed to work together and are difficult to integrate. A computer-aided Manufacturing Engineering Toolkit (METK) prototype is currently under development at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The toolkit is being used to identity the integration standards and issues which must be addressed to implement plug-compatible environments in the future. The toolkit consists of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) manufacturing software applications housed together on a high speed computer workstation. The purpose of the CAME project at NIST is to provide an integrated framework, operating environment, common databases, and interface standards for manufacturing engineering software applications. A demonstration has been prepared to illustrate functionality of a prototype METK. The demonstration is comprised of two scenarios in which information is an engineering data package is generated and validated. This paper describes an initial METK prototype. Overall objectives include specification of integration interfaces and a methodology for manufacturing validation.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 5730
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computer aided manufacturing technology, manufacturing engineering toolkit


Iuliano, M. (1995), Overview of the Manufacturing Engineering Toolkit Prototype, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 25, 2024)


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Created January 1, 1995, Updated November 10, 2018