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Systems Integration Needs of U.S. Manufacturers



Selden Stewart, G Pinholster


In August 1994, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) held a workshop for industry leaders to address the question of the need for systems integration. These leaders were invited at this time because the Institute was on the verge of the largest program expansion in its history. Accordingly the Institute sought the best possible industrial advice at a time when that advice could have the most impact on program formulation. Working groups were formed to consider three classes of requirements; technology transfer, standards, and technology development. The consensus was that technology transfer and standards were the most important roles for new program direction with a significant, but smaller, role for technology development in conjunction with industry. With the new fiscal year starting in October, 1994, the recommendations of the workshop helped formulate specifics of the new program in Systems Integration for Manufacturing Applications (SIMA). Technology transfer was recognized in a major new project for Manufacturing Integration Technology Transfer. The work on the Standard for the Exchange of Product Data (STEP) was greatly expanded to help meet the standards needs of industry. A new Advanced Manufacturing and Networks Testbed (AMSANT) will support both standards and technology transfer in the new program. Finally, an expanded project for integration will develop new standards for enterprise integration.
Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology
Volume 99, No. 5


Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, Manufacturing, Standards, Technology Transfer


Stewart, S. and Pinholster, G. (1994), Systems Integration Needs of U.S. Manufacturers, Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, [online], (Accessed May 26, 2024)


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Created December 31, 1993, Updated October 12, 2021