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PDES Physical File Exchange Testing in the PDES Testbed Validation System



James E. Fowler


The Product Data Exchange Specification (PDES) is an emerging standard that is intended to address the problems of data exchange and representation for a variety of manufacturing enterprises. The National PDES Testbed is a facility established at NIST for the purposes of validating, testing, developing software tools for, and refining the proposed standard. Some of this effort is being performed in conjunction with industrial partners through research agreements and memorandums of understanding. The PDES, Inc. industrial consortium is a key NIST partner in this effort. The object of this report is to discuss the results of an investigation into the PDES data exchange capability of three of the primary software components.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 4252
Report Number


manufacturing enterprise, PDES, STEP


Fowler, J. (1990), PDES Physical File Exchange Testing in the PDES Testbed Validation System, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 23, 2024)
Created May 1, 1990, Updated October 16, 2008