Why is QIF Relevant?
Modern quality operations consist of complex cyber-physical systems that are required to constantly gather and use digital manufacturing data. Often multiple players throughout the supply chain employ one or more proprietary software products, resulting in a critical communication break between supply chain partners. The data relevant to each partner must be intelligently organized and communicated. Enter Quality Information Framework (QIF): an XML-based, CAD-agnostic platform and standard. QIF seamlessly defines, organizes, and associates quality information including: measurement plans, results, part geometry and product manufacturing information (PMI), measurement templates, resources, statistical analysis, etc.
- Metrologists: QIF can be used to transmit information between supply chain partners on how and what to measure, as well as communicate the results from the measurement.
- PLM/PDM owners: QIF can be used to bring your quality information into the “digital thread” for your manufacturing operation and associate all your quality information directly to your master model.
- Metrology software implementers: QIF is an unambiguous, holistic, fully digital standard for metrology information. This will help software implementers, whether your organization is large or small in producing and/or consuming quality data.
QIF is created and managed by the Digital Metrology Standards Consortium, the DMSC. The DMSC is the creator, owner, and maintainer of the ANSI/ISO Dimensional Measuring Interface Standard (DMIS) standard, which is the most widely recognized and used standard in the field of metrology. QIF is an ANSI Standard, with ISO standardization in its future.
International Organization for Standardization is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 161 national standards bodies based in Geneva, Switzerland.
American National Standards Institute founded in 1918 is a 501(c)3 private, not-for-profit organization based in Washington DC.