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STEPMAN EU project

STEPMAN will create a manufacturing platform that will allow smooth data exchange between CAD/CAM systems and CNC machines to promote flexibility within and between SMEs to increase their competitiveness and to reduce the process planning cycle.

What is the STEPMAN project: Development of a STEP and STEP-NC standard based integrated product lifecycle management solution to increase the competitiveness of European machine tool manufacturing SMEs What are the objectives of STEPMAN: To create a manufacturing platform that will allow smooth data exchange between CAD/CAM systems and CNC machines to promote flexibility within and between SMEs to increase their competitiveness and to reduce the process planning cycle. Interoperability between CAx Systems: STEPMAN will use the STEP (ISO10303) and STEP-NC (ISO14649) standards which is rich in manufacturing information to allow the product and machining data to be transferred between various CAD/CAM software. STEPMAN will make the current unidirectional data flow redundant and replace it with a bidirectional flow that will create a much more flexible and optimised design process that is not restricted to any one CAD/CAM or CNC system. Increasing the Competitiveness of SMEs: STEPMAN will increase the competitiveness of individual SMEs with respect to larger organisations by easily combining the manufacturing capabilities of a group of SMEs as well as reducing the time and cost of production and quality control. A large manufacturing order can be split and spread between the various SMEs in an association depending on the available manufacturing capabilities of each individual SME. Ability to Reuse Legacy NC Programs: STEPMAN will allow for older legacy NC programs that run on specific CNC machines or controllers that are no longer available to be used on any current machine. Old NC programs will be read by STEPMAN and interpreted to generate a new NC program for any new CNC machine or new CNC controller that is available on the shop floor.

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Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czechia, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, United Kingdom