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Simulation-based Manufacturing Interoperability Standards and Testing



Guodong Shao, Swee K. Leong, Charles R. McLean


Software applications for manufacturing systems developed using software from different vendors typically cannot work together. Develop¬ment of custom integrations of manufacturing software incurs costs and delays that hurt industry productivity and competitiveness. Software applications need to be tested in live operational systems. It is impractical to use real industrial systems to support dynamic interoperability test¬ing and research due to: 1) access issues - manu¬facturing facilities are not open to outsiders, as proprietary data and processes may be compro¬mised; 2) technical issues - operational systems are not instrumented to support testing; and 3) cost issues - productivity suffers when actual production systems are taken offline to allow testing. Publicly available simulations do not exist to demonstrate simulation integration issues, validate potential standards solu¬tions, or dynamically test the interoperability of simulation systems and other software applica¬tions. A new, dynamic, simulation-based interoperability testing facility for manufacturing software applications is being developed at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Progress of Machining Technology
Conference Dates
April 25-28, 2009
Conference Location


Analysis and simulation, Virtual manufacturing, Interoperability, Standards, testing


Shao, G. , Leong, S. and McLean, C. (2009), Simulation-based Manufacturing Interoperability Standards and Testing, Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Progress of Machining Technology, Kunming, , [online], (Accessed April 23, 2024)
Created January 7, 2009, Updated February 19, 2017