Ready access to information is a critical requirement in concurrent engineering and access to manufacturing information is particularly important to businesses involved in the product production. While a range of research has considered manufacturing information models for process planning, little has been done to formalize an information model to support process flow information. This is necessary for all areas of manufacture where flow is important including process planning, production planning, scheduling and supply chain management. This paper introduces a new standard which is being introduced to support flow management and discusses the key features which it offers.
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