Advanced production engineering at Texas Instruments begins with the Fabrication Engineering Workstation. The four components of the FAB EWS are: the engineering environment, advanced applications, product and resource data management and end user training. The engineering environment used a Unix based engineering workstation and necessary LAN connectivity. Advanced applications highlighted include: CAD/CAM, intelligent applications for feeds and speeds calculation, cutter assembly selection and manufacturing process selection. Data management topics include Direct Numerical Control, Product Data management and factory Resource Data Management. Engineering training is presented as an important investment critical to success.