ANSI Approves New QIF Standard

09 January 2014

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Approves New Quality Information Framework (QIF) Standard

ANSINew QIF™ V1.0 Standard:  A Significant Breakthrough for the Metrology Industry

Burleson, Texas, USA December 23, 2013 — The (DMSC) Dimensional Metrology Standards Consortium announced today the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved QIF v1.0 (Quality Information Framework, version 1.0) as an ANSI standard.  This new standard covers the digital interoperability needs for a wide variety of use cases including feature-based dimensional metrology, quality measurement planning, first article inspection, and discrete quality measurement.

ANSI approval of QIF v1.0 indicates that QIF has attained a consensus approval from a large number of subject matter experts in the digital metrology industry. (See “About DMSC” below.) The QIF standard was designed to meet the highest industry requirements and to satisfy technological gaps that have traditionally cost industry hundreds of millions of dollars annually. The DMSC has met, and continues to meet the need for urgently required national standards in quality measurement in a timely fashion. ANSI’s accredited Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) operate in accordance with national and often international guidelines, and have been verified by government and peer review assessments.  The ANSI Board of Standards Review (BSR) approved the standard on December 19, 2013.


QIF aims to define an integrated set of XML 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 V1.0 models include quality characteristics (e.g., tolerances) and measurement features as defined in the ASME Y14.5 specification and the Dimensional Measuring Interface Standard (DMIS). QIF V1.0 provides a standardized solution for defining and exchanging measurement scope (e.g., bill of characteristics), measurement plans, and measurement results.
The “Founding Principle” of the QIF is simply this:  All information models for transporting quality data should be derived from common model libraries so that common information modeling components can be reused throughout the entire quality measurement process and, as a result, the entire process will be inherently interoperable.  
To find more information about the QIF standard please visit the QIF website at www.qifstandards.org .  To obtain your no-cost copy of the standard please send a request via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"I am proud of our standards community and the work that we have accomplished with this new standard. This doesn’t replace DMIS (Dimensional Measurement Interface Standard) but it compliments and can harmonize with it. This new standard infrastructure is expandable to include every aspect of the Quality Information Framework, thus the name. Once adopted by the software vendors, this will allow us to properly use digital models with all the engineering requirements and quickly produce inspection and measurement plans throughout our supply chain (micro and macro), conduct inspections and measurements then analyze and report in standard formats via AS9102 or PPAP files. This will be a huge savings throughout every manufacturing industry in our environment without any cost to the software vendor or user." said Ray Admire, DMSC Treasurer and Chairman of the Quality Measurement Standards Committee."

“This ANSI standard is a significant milestone for manufacturing quality and catapults metrologies applications into cost effective digital interoperability.  We need our manufacturing community to embrace this standard not only as a good technical solution but as the best most cost effective way to do manufacturing business.  QIF v1.0 addresses missing digital interfaces necessary for proactive quality within today’s model-centric applications and tomorrow’s model-based enterprise.  Finally, we are already working on QIF v2.0, please join us as we progress vendor agnostic interface solutions built upon the foundation provided by QIF v1.0”, said DMSC President Curtis Brown.

The work is not complete, from the QIF v1.0 foundation, significant QIF v2.0 efforts are being devoted toward responding to model-based metrologies primary pain point that is obtaining a complete and accurate 3D product definition with semantic geometric and dimensional tolerances.  QIF v2.0 work for a cost effective XML exchange of product definition with various conformance levels of semantic PMI (e.g., GD&T) will satisfy many CAD to model-based metrology use cases.   Additional work will define and apply measurement resources and measurement rules toward generating and communicating feature-based measurement plans based upon a plant, departments, or supplier’s measurement resources and rules defined by your company and/or by part type.  Finally, work for QIF v2.0 will address the MIL-STD-31000 terminology and additional non-dimensional measurement applications.

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

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