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THE PROBLEM HAS EXISTED SINCE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE WORLD'S SECOND NUMERICALLY CONTROLLED MACHINE TOOL, AND IT CONTINUES TO CAUSE COSTLY DUPLICATION OF NC PROGRAMS AND INHIBIT FLEXIBILITY IN NUMERICAL CONTROL OPERATIONS. THE PROBLEM IS INSUFFICIENT INTERCHANGEABILITY OF NUMERICAL CONTROL PART PROGRAMS. ONE OF THE JUSTIFICATIONS OF COMPUTER-ASSISTED NC PROGRAMMING HAS BEEN THE ENHANCEMENT OF PART PROGRAM INTERCHANGEABILITY, BUT COMMON APPLICATIONS HAVE NOT SATISFIED THE REAL NEED OF INDUSTRY. THAT UNFULFILLED NEED IS TRULY PORTABLE PROGRAMMED INSTRUCTION WHICH WILL COMMAND MACHINE TOOLS OF SIMILAR CONFIGURATION AND CAPABILITY REGARDLESS OF THE MANUFACTURER OR MODEL OF THE MACHINE TOOL AND CONTROLLER. A PROMISING SOLUTION LIES IN DECENTRALIZED POSTPROCESSING OF THE OUTPUT FROM COMPUTER-ASSISTED PROCESSORS (SUCH AS APT AND COMPACT II), A SOLUTION WHICH HAS BECOME PRACTICAL DUE TO THE TRE