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A Virtual Manufacturing Environment for Interoperability Testing



Charles R. McLean, Sanjay Jain, Andreas Craens, Deogratias Kibira


Studies have documented the high cost of the lack of software interoperability on manufacturing. New interface standards are being developed by various organizations to address interoperability issues. Unfortunately these standards often overlap and conflict with each other. Adequate testing facilities are not available for evaluating the suitability and effectiveness of existing and candidate standards for application to specific manufacturing domain areas. The Virtual Manufacturing Environment (VME) Project of the NIST Manufacturing Interoperability Program is focused on developing integrated manufacturing simulations that can be used to support future industry interoperability testing needs. This paper presents a summary of interoperability testing opportunities and needs, an overview of a project to develop a virtual manufacturing environment to support interoperability testing, and the current status of simulation development efforts.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the Delft University of Technology Conference
Conference Dates
June 11-13, 2007
Conference Location


information models, interface standards, interoperability, simulation, testing, Virtual manufacturing


McLean, C. , Jain, S. , Craens, A. and Kibira, D. (2007), A Virtual Manufacturing Environment for Interoperability Testing, Proceedings of the Delft University of Technology Conference, Delft, -1, [online], (Accessed March 2, 2024)
Created May 1, 2007, Updated February 19, 2017