Missing software standards in virtual engineering workflows cause huge additional costs at manufacturing companies. Incompatible interfaces for the transfer of virtual material information require complex manual adaptation work, lead to inflexible technical solutions, create loss of information, and finally raise large time delays in the overall design process. The VMAP project has created new concepts for a universal material exchange interface for virtual engineering workflows. These concepts has been concretized in an open software standard. that has been implemented in a number of software tools. The benefits of integrated material handling have been demonstrated by six industrial use cases from different manufacturing domains and industry segments.
For the further development and the assurance and maintenance of the VMAP library standard, the VMAP Standards Community (VMAP SC) has been established. It is open to any interested party that wants to use or contribute to the standardization efforts. Specification documents and directly related software components of the VMAP Standard are available to any interested party – VMAP SC members as well as external institutions – on a royalty-free basis.