American Machinist

Seeking help to improve manufacturing simulations. (Technology Trends).

DISCRETE-EVENT COMPUTER SIMULATIONS CAN SERVE AS POWERFUL TOOLS TO improve manufacturing processes and reduce product-design time and costs. But holding them back is a lack of standard interfaces that would promote interoperability among different systems. Such a standard is the goal of the new Simulation Standards Consortium, recently launched by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory.

According to NIST, the group's work could help more manufacturers, particularly smaller and medium-sized companies, use advanced discrete-event simulations. The consortium is now working to share production management, product, process, resource, location, and other information among multiple systems at different locations. …

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