Joint tests by developers as well as agreed best practices for users are the foundation for the interoperability of standards-based solutions. One of the main tasks performed by the PDM-IF is therefore drawing up best practices for implementing PDM2PDM collaboration scenarios, based on the STEP AP242 Business Object Model. Based on the requirements identified in these use cases, implementation guidelines (so-called “Recommended Practices”) are created and validated in joint test rounds by the participating vendors. The PDM-IF is promoted jointly by prostep ivip and the French AFNeT association. It enables strategic exchange of information and experiences for users and system vendors.
The User Group continued its work on common PDM use cases. In particular, the “Visual Issue Management (VIM)” scenario, as presented during the prostep ivip Symposium 2018, has been generalized to reflect the requirements of all User Group members, and detailed testing steps have been defined.
The Implementor Group completed and published version 2.0 of the Recommended Practices for STEP AP242 XML Product and Assembly Structure, which provide the foundation for interoperable interfaces to this important process format across all domains. During the two test rounds performed this year, scope and quality of the participating interfaces has been raised once again.
The User Group will define requirements for a software tool to view and assess AP242 XML files before they are imported into a PLM system. The objective is to quickly verify which relevant data is provided and that it is stored at the agreed locations in the file. A use case for “as-built” product structures and their links to the “as-designed” structure will be defined to enable continuity throughout the entire product lifecycle.
The implementors will build on their work to support multiple part IDs for supplier collaboration as well as multiple languages with the aim of providing support for the VIM use case defined by the User Group. This will include testing CAx-PDM collaboration scenarios with other implementor groups.
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