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DMSC to Demonstrate QIF v. 2.0 Draft Standard at IMTS 2014

Stop by booth E-5200 in the quality assurance pavilion

Published: Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 11:37

(DMSC: Burleson, TX) -- The Dimensional Metrology Standards Consortium (DMSC) will be conducting multivendor demonstrations of its quality information framework (QIF) during the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2014), Sept. 8–13, 2014, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The QIF is a series of digital interoperability standards for the exchange of information across the entire quality measurement process, from model-based definition, to planning, results, and statistics. The demonstration will use QIF v. 2.0, the submitted release candidate for American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standardization.

On Dec. 19, 2013, ANSI approved QIF v. 1.0 as an American National Standard. This new standard covers the digital interoperability needs for a wide variety of use cases including feature-based dimensional metrology, quality measurement planning (QIF Plans), first article inspection (QIF Results), and discrete quality measurement. QIF models include quality characteristics and measurement features as defined in the ASME Y14.5 specification and the Dimensional Measuring Interface Standard (DMIS).

On July 24, 2014, at the 2014 QIF Summit in Aurora, Illinois, the DMSC’s Quality Metrology Standards (QMS) committee approved the submittal of QIF v. 2.0 for ANSI standardization. The QIF v. 2.0 development resolves model-based metrologies primary “pain point,” which is obtaining a complete and accurate 3D product definition with semantic geometric and dimensional tolerances (QIF MBD). It provides cost-effective XML exchange of product definition with various conformance levels of semantic PMI (e.g., GD&T) that satisfies many CAD to model-based metrology use cases. QIF v.

2.0 also provides a way to define and apply measurement resources (QIF Resources), measurement rules (QIF Rules), and statistics (QIF Statistics) toward generating and communicating feature-based measurement plans based on a plant, department, or supplier’s measurement resources and rules defined by a company or by part type. It is expected that the QIF v. 2.0 ANSI candidate will be available for public review and comment on ANSI’s Standards Action web page this fall.

“Quality is a customer requirement; it is not free, nor is it optional,” says DMSC President Curtis Brown. “However, it can be achieved faster, better, and cheaper by embracing the only standards-based digital interoperability solution for product verification, the QIF. The QIF v. 2.0 content has been completed and approved for ANSI standardization. We encourage implementers and users to explore the advantages of the QIF for their businesses.”

QMS Chair Ray Admire concurs. “This new release candidate for ANSI standardization represents the completion of QIF v. 2.0, another development milestone for quality in manufacturing,” he says. “It propels metrology applications into cost-effective digital interoperability. The manufacturing community needs to embrace this standard not only as a good technical solution but also as the most cost-effective way to do manufacturing business. QIF v. 2.0 addresses missing digital interfaces necessary for proactive quality within today’s modelcentric applications and tomorrow’s model-based enterprises.”

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The mission of the Dimensional Metrology Standards Consortium (DMSC) Inc. is to identify urgently needed standards in the field of dimensional metrology, and to promote, foster, and encourage the development and interoperability of these standards, along with related and supporting standards that will benefit the industry as a whole. The Dimensional Measuring Interface Standard (DMIS) is one such standard that the consortium has the responsibility to develop, maintain, and support as well as to coordinate and harmonize with other related standards efforts.