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Manufacturing virtual enterprises through the use of the National Industrial Information Infrastructure Protocols (NIIIP)
Author(s): Paul W. Horstmann; Richard W. Bolton; Allen Dewey; Art Goldschmidt; Anthony Blazej
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Paper Abstract

Manufacturing plays a central role in successfully competing in international markets. Improving a company's manufacturing capability and, consequently its posture in global markets, requires that the company respond more rapidly to market opportunities. The rate at which new product ideas mature to commodity status is increasing, resulting in a growing emphasis on time-to-market as a key competitive differentiator. Realizing these new efficiencies in product development requires that organizations interconnect, software systems interoperate, and individuals interact. These challenges are being addressed by the National Industrial Information Infrastructure Protocols (NIIIP) Consortium in its work to define and develop virtual enterprise technology. This paper presents an overview of NIIIP technology and discusses a program deploying NIIIP technology to establish new standards for integrating manufacturing applications, focusing on manufacturing execution systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 January 1997
PDF: 28 pages
Proc. SPIE 2913, Plug and Play Software for Agile Manufacturing, (21 January 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.263456
Show Author Affiliations
Paul W. Horstmann, IBM Corp. (United States)
Richard W. Bolton, IBM Corp. (United States)
Allen Dewey, IBM Corp. (United States)
Art Goldschmidt, IBM Corp. (United States)
Anthony Blazej, IBM Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2913:
Plug and Play Software for Agile Manufacturing
Barbara L. Maia Goldstein, Editor(s)

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