Which SC4 standards have commercial implementations?
There are commercial implementations of 10303-11,
10303-21, 10303-23, 10303-24, 10303-26, 10303-27, 10303-203, 10303-209,
10303-210, 10303-212, 10303-214, 10303-215, 10303-216, 10303-217, 10303-218,
10303-221, 10303-225, and 10303-227 forum meets when the ISO SC4 Working
Group meets. A list of proposed meetings for SC4 can be found here
What is STEP?
STEP is the STandard for the Exchange of Product
model data. It is an ISO standard (10303) for the computer-interpretable
representation and exchange of product data. The objective is to provide
a mechanism that is capable of describing product data throughout the
life cycle of a product, independent from any particular system. The nature
of this description makes it suitable not only for neutral exchange, but
also as a basis for implementing and sharing product databases and archiving.
For more information on STEP, check out our STEP Library.
What is PDES?
PDES as the Product Data Exchange Specification
which was the original US name for the successor standard to IGES (Initial
Graphics Exchange Specification). This is now a synonym for STEP and the
acronym was changed to Product Data Exchange using STEP. There will be
no PDES standard in and of itself. It should be noted that the ANSI (American
National Standards Institute) published rendition of STEP (distributed
by US Pro is named PDES (e.g. STEP Part 203 is PDES Part 203).
PLIB is the standard for Parts LIBrary data.
It is an ISO standard (13584) for the computer-interpretable representation
and exchange of part library data. The objective is to provide a neutral
mechanism capable of transferring parts library data, independent of any
application that is using a parts library data system. The nature of this
description makes it suitable not only for the exchange of files containing
parts, but also as a basis for implementing and sharing databases of parts
What is MANDATE?
MANDATE is the standard for Manufacturing Management
Data. It is an ISO standard (15531) for the computer-interpretable representation
and exchange of industrial manufacturing management data. The objective
is to provide a neutral mechanism capable of describing industrial manufacturing
management data throughout the production process within the same industrial
company and with its external environment, independent from any particular
system. The nature of this description makes it suitable not only for
neutral file exchange, but also as a basis for implementing and sharing
manufacturing management databases and archiving.
What is OIL & GAS?
Oil & GAS is an ISO standard (15926) for
the representation of oil and gas production facility life-cycle information.
The purpose of this International Standard is to facilitate integration
of data to support the life-cycle activities and processes of oil and
gas production facilities by specifying a data model that defines the
meaning of the life-cycle information in a single context supporting all
the views that process engineers, equipment engineers, operators, maintenance
engineers and other specialists may have of the facility.
Where can I get the actual documentation for SC4
The documents of the SC4 standards (ISO 10303,
13584, 15531 and 15926) are copyrighted and published by ISO. They are
not available electronically but can be procured from your countiry's
standards organization or from US PRO (the U.S. organization that has been
licensed to sell them).
How do I get in touch with SC4
or its committees?
SC4 and its subgroups have the following email
SC4 - firstname.lastname@example.org
SC4 Enhancement and Discrepancy System Report Submission
Standard Data Access Interface Project - email@example.com
System Engineering system - firstname.lastname@example.org
Working Group 10 SC4 Architecture - email@example.com
Working Group 11 EXPRESS, Implementation and Conformance
Methods - firstname.lastname@example.org
Working Group 12 Common Resources - email@example.com
Working Group 3 Product Modeling - firstname.lastname@example.org
Working Group 8 Manufacturing Managemen t- email@example.com
Working Group 9 ISO/IEC/EE Application - firstname.lastname@example.org
IGES is the Initial Graphics Exchange Specification
which is an US ANSI Standard for the exchange of geometry, drawings, piping
and electrical information. This standard is used worldwide for geometry
and drawing exchange.
What is VDA-FS?
VDA-FS is the German standard for transfer of
surface data between dissimilar CAD/CAM systems. It was developed by the
Verband der Automobilindustrie e.V. (VDA) , the German Automobile Manufacturers
Association as VDA-Flächenschnittstelle. It is a German National Standard
published as DIN 66301.
What is SET?
SET (Standard d'Échange et de Transfert) is
a French standard to exchange and archive CAD data. It was developed as
a neutral file format for exchanging data between different CAD systems
at Aerospatiale in 1983. The aim was to develop a more reliable alternative
to IGES. It became an official French standard, AFNOR Z68-300, SET, in
DXF (Data eXchange Format) is a trademark of
Autodesk and is a de-facto exchange standard for 2D and 3D data.
What is IDF?
Intermediate Data Format (IDF) provides a neutral
representation for exchanging printed circuit assemblies among MCAD and
ECAD systems. IDF was initially developed in a cooperative effort between
SDRC and Mentor Graphics in 1992. IDF is based on a format which evolved
from Racal-Redac in the late 1980s.
What is EDIF?
EDIF (Electronic Design Interchange Format)
) is a format used to interchange design data between CAD systems. The
format has been standardized by the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA),
a US based industry association. EDIF Version 3 0 0 is also an ANSI standard
and has recently completed the process of becoming IEC standard 61690-1.
EDIF Version 4 0 0 is also already an EIA/ANSI standard and is currently
completing the process of becoming IEC 61690-2.