MBE Maturity Index - MBE Lexicon 2022
NSE MBE Maturity Index Rev: B

This document contains the results from the MBIT, MBE Committee’s MBE Maturity Index task group.

The information conveyed in this document has been normalized to help progress the maturation of Model-Based Enterprise (MBE) for digital product realization.

Comments, suggestions, or questions on this document should be addressed to Curtis Brown, cbrown@kcnsc.doe.gov

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This document is: is an updated Rev B to NSC-614-4279 dated January/2022 Unclassified Unlimited Release (UUR).

This version is a working release and has been made available as a rubric tool.

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3D Interactive Viewable
A derivative model that is rendered in 3D, is interactive, and is published in a ubiquitous format (e.g., pdf ).
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3D PDF, Derivative, Interactive
3D Model
A three-dimensional computer representation of a part.
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3D, Model, CAD
Proven to be genuine as issued by its originator.
Authoritative Source
The singular originator and provider of data that is sanctioned for a given lifecycle activity.
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Authoritative Technical Data
Approved by an authority for use in a lifecycle activity.
A mode of operation performed by a machine instead of a person.
Basis Model
The model that a practitioner uses as the starting point for a given lifecycle activity.
Bill of Materials
A list of items, along with quantities and optional activity-specific information, needed to perform a particular lifecycle activity.
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Bill of Charactristics, CAD Bill of Material, Engineering Bill of Material, Manufacturing Bill of Material
Guaranteed to conform to protocols.
Courtesy Model
An unauthorized model provided to a recipient.
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Model, 3D Model
Critical Note
A note of great importance that appears on a 3D model.
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A collection of structured data contained in one or more computer files.
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Data Package, Technical Data Package
Derivative Model
A model created from a source model that may be transformed into a different format.
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Derivative, Model
Design Activities
Activities involved in developing product definition.
Design for X
Design activity that optimizes a model for a goal.
An artifact intended for processing by a computer algorithm.
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Digital Artifact
An computerized artifact information intended for presentation to a human.
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Activities that enable an enterprise to act as a MBE, do not directly add value to a product’s lifecycle.
A mode of operation in which a person interacts with automation.
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3D Interactive Viewable
Lifecycle Activity
An activity involved in one or more phases of a product’s lifecycle.
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Lifecycle Data, Lifecycle Management
A process that preserves information and makes it available for the communities it serves.
A mode of operation performed by a person without automation.
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Automated, Digital
Manufacturing Activities
Activities involved in making a product.
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A combination of design model, annotation, and attributes that describes a product.
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Data Model, Model Definition, Surface Model, Analysis Model, Mathematical Model, CAD, Model, Design Model, Annotation, Attribute, Product
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Model-Based Definition
An annotated model and its associated data elements that define the product in a manner that can be used effectively without a drawing graphic sheet.
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Data, Product, Drawing Graphic Sheet, PMI, Annotation, Model-Based Enterprise
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Model-Based Enterprise
An organization that uses model based definitions for the purpose of commission, operation, service, and decommission of a product.
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Model-Based Definition, Model-Based Systems Engineering, Model-Based Environment, Model-Based Engineering
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Native Model
A model in the format of its originating software application (e.g., Creo).
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3D Model, CAD
PDM System
Product Data Management System 
An information system that implements the product data management capability.
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Product Data Management, Information, Product Data
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One item, or two or more items joined together, that is not normally subject to disassembly without destruction or impairment of designed use (e.g., transistor, composition resistor, screw, transformer, and gear).
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Nonpart Drawing, Symmetrically Opposite Part, Item, Inseparable Assembly, Product, End Item
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An organizing principle for product data management in which all product lifecycle data relates to, and is accessible via, an single point of reference within a PDM system.
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Product, Product Data Management, Product Lifecycle Management
The record of heritage that proves the veracity of a data item.
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Data, Item
Process Data
Product lifecycle data that pertains to processes (e.g., manufacturing, qualification) for product the realization.
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Product, Lifecycle Data
Process Definition
[Primary] Any information that defines a process that realizes a product.

[Alt] The activity that defines a process that realizes a product.

Product Definition Data, Technical Data, Item, Feature, Drawing, Item. IdentificationIncludes materials, parts, components, subassemblies, assemblies, and equipment. The term product shall also encompass a family of products.
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Part, Subassembly, Assembly, End Item
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Product Data
A representation of information about a product in a formal manner suitable for communication, interpretation, or processing by human beings or by computers.
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Product Lifecycle Data, Representation, Data
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Product Data Management
The tracking, control and status control of product data, either as files, or through a database. The usage is frequently confined to the design stage of product development, although may extend to planning for manufacture.
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Product Data Management Activities
PDM Activities 
Activities that relate product lifecycle data to product definition.
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Product Data Management, Lifecycle Data
Product Definition
[Primary] Any information that defines the physical or functional requirements of a product, to ensure design intent.

[Alt] The activity that defines a product.

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Product, Product Definition Data
The record of transmittal and enabling process that authorizes product definition for a particular purpose.
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Authoritative Technical Data, Authorized
A collection of one or more data file(s) that discloses, directly or by reference, by means of graphic or textual presentations, or combinations of both, the physical or functional requirements of an item.
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Data, Item, Product Definition
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Product Definition Set
An identified set of product definition that fully defines a product.
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Product Definition, Product
Product Lifecycle
The series of phases through which a product passes, from intake of requirements to its consumption or disposition.
Product Lifecycle Data
Data that pertains to the product lifecycle.
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Data, Product Lifecycle
The tracking, control and status control of product data, either as files, or through a database. PLM extends the scope of PDM to include each physical product produced from a design, including deviations from the design and usage of the product.
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Product Data, Product Data Management, Lifecycle Data, Lifecycle Activity
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Product Structure
A hierarchical list of items that constitute a product.
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3D annotations (dimensions and tolerances), metadata, notes and attributes needed to define the product beyond the 3D geometry.
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Annotation, Attribute, Geometry, Annotation and Attribute State, Lifecycle Activities, 3D Model
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Quality Activities
Activities involved in manufacturing verification, part inspection, and product acceptance.
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Verification, Inspection
Source Model
The model from which a derivative is obtained.
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Model, Derivative
Technical Data Package
The authoritative technical description of an item. This technical description supports the acquisition, production, inspection, engineering, and logistics support of the item. The description defines the required design configuration and/or performance requirements, and procedures required to ensure adequacy of item performance. It consists of applicable technical data such as models, engineering design data, associated lists, specifications, standards, performance requirements, quality assurance provisions, software documentation and packaging details.
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TDP Level, TDP Type, TDP Element, Item, Technical Data, Model, Engineering Design Data, Associated List, Standard, Quality Assurance Provisions
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The ability to find the authoritative source of a given fact.
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Inspection Traceability, Manufacturing Traceability
Regarded with confidence, and concurrently being certified, authorized, and authenticated.
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Certified, Authorized, Authenticated
Having a single correct interpretation in an intended context.
Assured to satisfy intent.
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Validation, V&V
The process of assuring that a product satisfies its intent.
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The process of assuring that a product satisfies requirements.
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Validation, Inspection
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Assured to satisfy requirements.
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A type of BOM used for a given lifecycle activity.
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Bill of Material
A model used for a given lifecycle activity.
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