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Resources and Key Documents

Why STEP is Important:

STEP allows companies to effectively exchange information with their worldwide partners, customers and suppliers, as well as internally. In order to remain competitive in the global marketplace, companies will have to ensure this exchange is consistent, accurate and timely.

Unlike other data transfer standards, STEP is computer sensible. It supports design reuse, data retention, and provides access to data across a product's entire life cycle. Product development strategies, such as concurrent engineering, enterprise integration, electronic commerce and quality function deployment, will significantly benefit from the use of of STEP -- allowing them to have a broad impact within enterprises.

By removing the barriers that prevent maximum flexibility in design, manufacture, support, and archival, STEP enables manufacturers to achieve new, higher levels of quality and productivity while reducing costs and time-to-market.

Other Useful STEP Information:

STEP On A Page (SOAP) by Jim Nell of NIST, 89-Oct.-23

2007 revision to SOAP:  Part 1 and Part 2   [these documents contain hyperlinks into the TC184/SC4 website]