Smart Machining Solutions Intelligent - Interoperable - Informative - Innovative Machine Condition Monitoring via STEP-NC provides a closed-loop control system based on the STEP-NC data model. The system can optimize machining processes as well as support a bi-directional and higher-level information flow. (FR) STEP-based Total Simulation for CNC machining Processes aims to develop a task-oriented and web-based virtual machining environment based on STEP-NC so that NC program errors can be reduced or eliminated, and machining parameters optimized, and quality and service improved. (TYZ) Curtsey of STEP Tools, Inc USA New Control Strategy for CNC Machines via STEP-NC looks to use STEP-NC to develop a universal “adapter” for a pool of CNC machine tools so that input to these CNCs is consolidated and the NC programs can be made portable. (DHW) Background The aim of the next generation of Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines is to be portable, interoperable and adaptable. Over the years, G-codes (ISO 6983) have been extensively used by the CNC machine tools for part programming and are now considered as a bottleneck for smart machining processes. A new standard known as STEP-NC is being developed as the data model for a new breed of CNC machine tools. The data model represents a common standard specifically aimed at the intelligent CNC manufacturing workstation, making the goal of a standardized CNC controller and NC code generation facility a reality. It is believed that CNC machines implementing STEP-NC will be the basis for a more open and adaptable CNC architecture. The projects outline a futuristic view of STEP-NC in support of distributed, interoperable and intelligent manufacturing through global networking with autonomous manufacturing workstations with STEPcompliant data interpretation, intelligent part program generation, diagnostics and maintenance, monitoring, simulation, and job production scheduling. STEP-NC Enabled On-machine Inspections project provides a unified data model for machining and on-machine inspections. The goal is to realize a real-time feedback control and a timely informed machining environment so as to achieve the “firstpart-correct” paradigm. (FYZ) STEP-NC Development of a STEP-NC Controller using Function Block Technology is a future model of CNC controllers that operates using the STEP-NC as the data input. (MM) Today, a new standard namely ISO 14649 recognized informally as STEP-NC is being developed by vendors, users and academic institutes world-wide to provide a high-level data model for a new breed of intelligent CNCs. The data model represents a common standard specifically for NC programming, making the goal of a standardized CNC controller and NC code generation facility a reality. Distributed Interoperable Manufacturing Platform aims to cater the difficulties of information exchange and sharing in heterogeneous applications environments among business partners. It is based on a module-based, Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). In the platform, the STEP-NC data model is used to facilitate data-exchange among heterogeneous CAD/CAM/CNC systems. (VXW) Development of an energy-informed machining system This research endeavours to develop energy-informed machining and optimization based on energy consumption model. STEP-NC is adopted to integrate the energy information into production chain. Multi-criteria process planning and machining parameter optimization can be achieved, and evaluated by the proposed energy consumption rating system. (VTP) Intelligent and Interoperable Manufacturing Systems STEP-NC compliant controller based on real-time Ethernet uses a real-time Ethernet as the communication bus in the lower level and OPC UA as the upper level interface. (WK) Virtual CNC Based on STEP-NC is designed with the intention to perform a high-fidelity machining simulation by bringing the virtual environment closer to the real machining process. The simulation system is capable of adapting to machine tool’s on-site conditions using continuous process monitoring techniques. (AZAK) A ‘complete solution’ via STEP-NC: This is the overarching project, combining the results achieved in the research group work, to seek a breakthrough for an intelligent, interoperable, informative and innovate paradigm of smart manufacturing solutions.