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Production Method for Machine-Readable Manufacturing Data Standards



Tim Shinbara, Russell Waddell, Moneer Helu


Standards to represent and manage manufacturing data are proliferating as industry rapidly digitizes. The existing global standards development paradigm for manufacturing data needs to shift to digital tools and workflows that produce machine-readable, interoperable standards rather than static, rigid, and siloed documents. We propose a general approach for machine-readability and specific production method and tools to affordably produce standards and implementation artifacts. The approach leverages Redmine, Overleaf, and GitHub for collaboration and issue tracking, SysML/XMI and Enterprise Architect for information modeling, and LaTeX, custom scripts, and PDF for publishing. The MTConnect standard is used as an example, as well as the MTConnect - OPC UA companion specification.
CIRP Industry Technical Paper


Shinbara, T. , Waddell, R. and Helu, M. (2020), Production Method for Machine-Readable Manufacturing Data Standards, CIRP Industry Technical Paper, [online], (Accessed April 23, 2024)
Created June 19, 2020, Updated October 14, 2021