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A Summary Report on the Model-Based Enterprise Capability Index and Guidebook Workshop



Joan Pellegrino, Yannick Tamm, Allison Barnard Feeney, Thomas D. Hedberg Jr.


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) held a "Model-Based Enterprise Summit" from April 12-14, 2016 with the intention of identifying challenges, research, implementation issues, and lessons learned in manufacturing and quality assurance where a digital three-dimensional (3D) model of the product serves as the authoritative information source for all activities in the product's lifecycle. This 3D model is considered a model-based definition (MBD) and acts as a "digital thread" of sorts to weave and link all the phases of the product lifecycle together. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and NIST developed a tool to help organizations assess whether they are ready for an MBE or smart manufacturing platform. The tool was appropriately named: "MBE Capability Index Assessment Tool." As part of the summit, NIST was also interested in collecting input specific to the MBE Capability Index Assessment Tool and the consideration for developing a guidebook for the tool.
Advanced Manufacturing Series (NIST AMS) - 100-1
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model-based enterprise, capabilities assessment


Pellegrino, J. , Tamm, Y. , Barnard Feeney, A. and Hedberg Jr., T. (2016), A Summary Report on the Model-Based Enterprise Capability Index and Guidebook Workshop, Advanced Manufacturing Series (NIST AMS), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed June 25, 2024)


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Created August 21, 2016, Updated October 12, 2021