Model Based Enterprise (MBE)

Background
The communication of technical information throughout an enterprise is crucial, and implicit information is critical in a product’s lifecycle. These are key components to ensure production efforts are not hindered, inspection processes are not incomplete, or assembly methods do not lack the proper fit. As technology evolves for defining products, so does the nature of the information.
 
The state of manufacturing today is moving towards leveraging digital data across the entire enterprise. Advanced techniques for better product representation and lifecycle management are in demand as digital data is increasingly used in product and process roadmaps. Industry needs guidance to enhance understanding of these Model Based Enterprise (MBE) techniques for company-wide digital, model-based communication to work more efficiently than using any 2D drawings throughout an entire product lifecycle.

Current status
ASME formed the Model-Based Enterprise (MBE) Standards Committee which oversees the development of rules, guidance, and examples for the creation, use and reuse of model-based datasets, data models, and related topics within a Model-Based Enterprise (MBE).
 
The MBE Standards Committee oversees the following Working Groups.
 
Framework Working Group – Focus to define the concept of a model-based enterprise by providing a high-level structural definition. They will look into consistent definition, organization, and relationships for high-level components of a model-based enterprise to facilitate integrating, information sharing, and exploiting of requirements defined in the MBE standards.
 
Near-Term Strategy Working Group – Focus on identifying challenges, gaps, and problems inhibiting understanding and adoption of model-based methods. Plans are to establish near-term strategies for priorities, activities, documents, standards, products, etc. needed by industry in the short term to ensure industry is prepared to accept and adopt MBE methods.

Terminology Working Group – Focus to begin collecting and defining terms, acronyms, and abbreviations for use in ASME MBE Standards. They are collecting and defining commonly used terms and plans to build a model-based lexicon.
 
Use Cases and Model-Based Standards Working Group – Focus to define the methods that the MBE Standards Committee will use to develop use cases and model-based standards. They released a first request for information to help develop and communicate methodology to create model-based standards that can be interpreted by computational systems and humans.
 
Meetings and Events
Model-Based Enterprise (MBE) Standards Committee – Holds quarterly teleconferences, and meets in person every 6 months.
 
Working Groups – Hold bi-weekly teleconferences, and meet in person every 6 months.
 
Staff Contact
If you’re interested in learning more or participating in these activities, please contact Fredric Constantino.

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