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Systems Integration for Manufacturing Applications (SIMA) 1998 Annual Report



James E. Fowler


The Systems Integration for Manufacturing Applications (SIMA) Program is an intramural effort being undertaken at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to support the application of information technologies to the manufacturing domain. Initiated in 1994, the Program works with industry to develop technology solutions enabling integration of the systems used in the engineering and manufacturing of various kinds of products. The plans for the Program were originally described in [1] and were updated in 1997 [2]. Program activities and project accomplishments for previous years have been documented in [3] and [4]. The purpose of this document is to report on two years of the Program's technical activities: 1997 and 1998 (FY97-FY98). The intended audience for this document includes private sector organizations and federal agencies collaborating with NIST, other agencies participating in the federal Computing, Information, and Communications (CIC) effort, and the general public. This report is comprised of three major sections: the SIMA Overview, the Project Accomplishments, and the Appendices. The SIMA Overview section provides a high-level description of the Program's goals, technical efforts, results, and progress. The Project Accomplishments section provides individual descriptions for each of the project's Collaborators. The Appendices to the report include a description of the organization of the Program (Appendix A), tables summarizing all collaborators enumerated in each of the project descriptions (Appendix B), a list of publications completed by the projects (Appendix C), and a list of products available from the projects (Appendix D).
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6339
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HPCC, information technology, integration, manufacturing, SIMA, standards, STEP, systems


Fowler, J. (1999), Systems Integration for Manufacturing Applications (SIMA) 1998 Annual Report, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 20, 2024)
Created April 1, 1999, Updated November 10, 2018