20 September 2013

DMSC Submits QIF™ v1.0 for ANSI Standardization

A New Interoperability Standard for Manufacturing Quality Measurement Information

Burleson, Texas, USA – September 20, 2013 — The Dimensional Metrology Standards Consortium (DMSC) announces that the QIF v1.0 (Quality Information Framework) draft standard is now available for public review in the ANSI weekly publication Standards Action Vol 44 # 38. To participate in the formal ANSI public review and comment process, please go to qifstandards.org for more information. The public review period is from September 20, 2013, to November 4, 2013.

QIF defines an integrated set of information models which enable the effective exchange of metrology data throughout the entire manufacturing quality measurement process - from product design to inspection planning to execution and analysis. QIF models include quality characteristics and measurement features as defined in the ASME Y14.5 specification and the Dimensional Measuring Interface Standard (DMIS). This new standard will cover a wide variety of use cases including dimensional metrology inspection, first article inspection (SAE AS9102), reverse engineering, and discrete quality measurement. QIF v1.0 provides a standardized solution for defining measurement scope (e.g., bill of characteristics), inspection plans, and measurement results.

"Finally, a no-cost, open, digital exchange standard has been defined that meets the immediate need for a common quality measurement results format. Furthermore, the QIF addresses the needs for quality measurement planning which contains the flexibility of communicating the measurement scope or bill of characteristic of what needs to be inspected as well as sharing a more detailed inspection plan of what and how to measure." said DMSC President Curtis Brown. "We have demonstrated that vendors can easily implement this XML-based standard and they should save themselves money. Moreover, using this standard will allow my company to avoid non-value added costs and allow our engineers to proactively respond to internal and external manufacturing needs. Lastly, I am particularly satisfied that the QIF will progress dimensional metrology within a Model-Based Enterprise.”

“End users and vendors both greatly benefit from QIF. It is very accurate, cost effective, and can be used throughout the entire quality measurement process”, added Ray Admire, DMSC Treasurer and Chairman of the Quality Measurement Standards Committee. “As a large supplier in the aerospace and defense industry this interoperable solution could help throughout the whole supply chain where we can provide measurement plans and then receive the associated results right back into our SPC or FMEA systems for cause and corrective action. This is breakthrough technology for interoperability throughout our supply chain and I am really excited about it and the future it brings to our doorstep.”

About DMSC

The Dimensional Metrology Standards Consortium (DMSC), is an ANSI Accredited Standards Developing Organization, as well as an A-Liaison to ISO TC 184. QIF has been developed by quality measurement experts from NIST, Lockheed Martin, Honeywell FM&T, John Deere, Rolls Royce, Pratt Whitney, GE Aviation, Boeing, Mitutoyo, Metrology Integrators, Capvidia, Origin International, Renishaw, Hexagon Metrology, Nikon Metrology, PAS Technology, Siemens PLM Software, Zeiss, IPI Solutions, and DISCUS These are many of the same experts who continue to maintain the Dimensional Measuring Interface Standard (DMIS).

QIF is a registered trademark of the DMSC. © 2013 Dimensional Metrology Standards Consortium.