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The Role of Product Data Management in the Manufacturing Engineering ToolKit



Michael Iuliano


A Manufacturing Engineering ToolKit (METK) is under development at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The toolkit consists of commercial- off-the-shelf (COTS) manufacturing engineering software applications. The purpose of the toolkit is to provide an integrated framework, operating environment, common databases, and interface standards for those applications. Currently, manufacturing software applications provide computer-aided support for most of the engineering activities required to plan the processes needed to make part. The data that is generated in eahc of these activities must be captured and archived. Since most of the data is in the form of computer data files, a configuration management functionality is needed to capture/maintain the data files and make the files available to the various engineering applications. A Product Data managment (PDM) application provides this functionality. PDM applications allows the capture, archival, and recovery of data files with revision and version control. This paper describes how a PDM application is being used in the Manufacturing Engineering ToolKit.

NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6042
Report Number


Manufacturing Engineering, product data management


Iuliano, M. (1997), The Role of Product Data Management in the Manufacturing Engineering ToolKit, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed May 26, 2024)


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Created January 1, 1997, Updated November 10, 2018