The survivor in today's market environment is agile: able to survive and thrive in a market place marked by rapid, continuous change. For manufacturers, this includes an ability to rapidly develop, deploy and reconfigure manufacturing information and control systems. The SEMATECH CIM framework defines an application integration architecture and standard application components that enable agile manufacturing information and control systems. Further, the CIM framework and its evolution process foster virtual organizations of suppliers and manufacturers, combining their products and capabilities into an agile manufacturing information and control system.© (1997) COPYRIGHT SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering. Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.