This paper discusses the role of data exchange Standards in building a framework for the seamless flow of data between suppliers and manufacturers with particular reference to the use of AP212 and KBL in the automotive industry. The importance of Standards, for supporting both the development of a robust technical architecture, and a robust interface format for manufacturing integration are explained. The issues involved, and the potential problems, of introducing Standards into the marketplace are also discussed.

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