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System Lifecycle Handler -- Spinning a Digital Thread for Manufacturing



Manas Bajaj, Thomas D. Hedberg Jr.


Transforming the manufacturing economy from paper-based information flows to a seamless digital thread across geographically distributed supply chains has the potential to reduce cycle time by 75% and save manufacturers $30 billion annually. The "Digital Thread for Smart Manufacturing" project at NIST is developing methods and protocols for completing a digital thread running through design, manufacturing, and product support processes. In this paper, we present a proof-of-concept System Lifecycle Handler (SLH) software environment being developed for the digital thread initiative. The SLH provides services to build, manage, query, and visualize the digital thread by connecting heterogeneous artifacts ranging from requirements and system architecture to PLM/CAD/CAM and simulation models to machines and sensor data streams. The SLH software environment leverages the Syndeia platform, and exposes its capabilities via a web dashboard and standard REST/HTTP API.
Proceedings Title
The Proceedings of the INCOSE International Symposium
Conference Dates
July 7-12, 2018
Conference Location
Washington, DC, US
Conference Title
28th Annual INCOSE International Symposium


Handle Registry, Digital Thread, Model-Based Enterprise, Micro-services architecture


Bajaj, M. and Hedberg Jr., T. (2018), System Lifecycle Handler -- Spinning a Digital Thread for Manufacturing, The Proceedings of the INCOSE International Symposium, Washington, DC, US, [online], (Accessed March 3, 2024)
Created July 11, 2018, Updated April 11, 2022