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Technical Program Description: Systems Integration for Manufacturing (SIMA)



Howard Bloom


NIST has established an Advanced Manufacturing System and Networking Testbed (AMSANT) which supports R&D in high performance manufacturing systems and testing high performance computer and networking hardware and software in a manufacturing environment. The testbed will serve as a demonstration site for use by industrial technology suppliers and users, and assist industry in the development and implementation of voluntary standards. A standards-base data exchange effort for computer integrated manufacturing will focus on improving data exchange among computer-aided design, process planning, and manufacturing activities. This new program, Systems Integration for Manufacturing Applications, is part of the government's High Performance Computing and Communications Initiative. Applications may include enterprise integration for manufacturing applications, integrated product/process design, simulation and agile manufacturing. Prototype systems, and interface specifications will be communicated to appropriate standards organizations. Results will be made available to US industry through workshops, training materials, electronic data repositories, and pre-commercial prototype systems that can be installed by potential vendors for test and evaluation. NIST will distribute Standards Reference Data, technical information, and digital product data design, via digital library technologies. This report describes the objective of the program and highlights the projects to be initiated in FY94 and proposed for FY95.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 5476
Report Number


Advanced Manufacturing System and Networking Testbed (AMSANT), manufacturing systems, networking, technology


Bloom, H. (1994), Technical Program Description: Systems Integration for Manufacturing (SIMA), NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 16, 2024)
Created July 1, 1994, Updated November 10, 2018