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Joint MBE and QIF Summit To Offer Model-Based Enterprise Focus

A joint event is scheduled for April 2024 – the Quality Information Framework (QIF) Summit along with the highly popular Model-Based Enterprise (MBE) Summit, featuring technical content organized by DMSC and NIST. The event venue will be the Chicago Manufacturing x Digital (MxD) facility. The event will include three and a half days of MBE and QIF technical presentations, panel discussions, and informational sessions from NIST and DMSC.

The MBE Summit is scheduled for Tuesday, April 16, and Wednesday, April 17. The QIF Summit will follow on Thursday, April 18, and Friday, April 19, morning. The $200 registration fee covers both events. with registration limited to 200 attendees.

The MBE Summit brings academia, government, and industry experts into a forum to discuss challenges, implementation, and lessons learned in a Model-Based Enterprise. It includes all aspects of the product lifecycle from design, manufacturing, quality assurance, and sustainment of products, where a digital 3D model acts as the authoritative source of information.

The QIF Summit brings together those people and organizations interested in developing and using an open standard to facilitate the seamless movement of a model-based definition and manufacturing quality data. Quality Information Framework (QIF) 3.0 is a structured way to achieve that objective.

The combined programs will include up to 26 technical presentations from Subject Matter Experts from both large and small companies and in different disciplines. Several QIF round table discussions are planned, and your participation is encouraged.

Digital Threads that Simplify Data Flow between Networked Silos

Whether developing or sustaining a product, 3D Model-Based Definitions and Digital Threads are critical elements for design, manufacture, and inspection. Digital Threads necessary to enable application interoperability depend on the format and content of the 3D Model-Based Definition. The goal is a single, universal standards based neutral format, but the reality is the current environment consists of a combination of direct connections and neutral translators. These neutral translators can be based on ad-hoc, industry, and open standards. The 2024 MBE Summit will focus on the Digital Threads supporting design, manufacture, and inspection from the perspective of users, implementers, and vendors.

Additionally, the decentralization of manufacturing systems has amplified the problem of collecting and communicating the technical specifications needed to make decisions about design, production, and supply chain tasks. With the growth of global production networks, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are increasingly acting as system integrators, pulling resources away from their focus on design and manufacturing. The additional difficulty of gathering actionable intelligence and lessons learned from processes later in the lifecycle to ensure better decision-making earlier in the lifecycle is also amplified.

The model-based community knows that MBE addresses the need for such interoperability and is the key to keeping the U.S. industry’s competitiveness. Implementations have begun in earnest in the four years since the last summit and we want to hear about them. The summit will focus on design, manufacture, and inspection from the perspective of users, implementers, and vendors.

Whether your attempt at implementation has brought success, taught you valuable lessons when things didn’t go so well, or you are looking for how to move forward, the community is eager to hear about it. Although an MBE implementation is unique to every company, sharing our valuable experiences and lessons learned are the ingredients to continue progressing.

About QIF 

QIF (Quality Information Framework) is a standard that supports Digital Thread concepts in engineering applications ranging from product design through manufacturing to quality inspection. Based on XML, the QIF standard contains a Library of XML Schema ensuring both data integrity and data interoperability in Model Based Enterprise implementation.

QIF supports Design, Metrology, and Manufacturing and is critical to the Industrial Revolution 4.0. Because it is XML-based, QIF can be easily integrated with Web/Internet applications. Unlike other standards, no competence barrier is standing in the way of the industry adopting QIF. It also effectively supports new concepts like IoT (Internet of Things).

Finally, all discrete manufacturing industries now have a standard platform that ensures quality while minimizing costs and making processes more transparent.