In June 2020, the DMSC began the development of a new metrology standard to provide a common approach for tagging and uniquely identifying product characteristics that are of interest for the product realization process in a Model-Based environment. The goal was to create an ANSI/ISO standard that would be applicable for both human-readable communication and machine-readable applications that can enable the digital thread.
After three years of effort by way of the Working Group process, a completed standard proposal was recently presented to the DMSC Standards Committee for approval as part of the ANSI development process. After a couple of days of “fine-tuning” at an in-person meeting, the Standards Committee vote was overwhelmingly affirmative, and the proposal now has moved on to the next step in the ANSI approval process.
The proposed standard, named “Model-Based Characteristics: Persistent Identification and Related Digital Practices” has been submitted to ANSI for inclusion in their public announcement publication, “Standards Action”. Standards Action is ANSI’s key public review vehicle for domestic and international standards activities. Published weekly and freely available by download or email subscription, it is intended to facilitate review and consensus by all interested parties.
The new DMSC standard proposal appeared in the August 25, 2023 edition (page 25) of the ANSI Standards Action, and according to ANSI procedures, will be available for Public Review for a period of 45 days (comment deadline: October 9th). Comments will be forwarded to DMSC, and a response is required.
After the Public Review period, the proposed MBC standard will be subject to an ANSI special audit to assure compliance with all ANSI procedures. An audit date is yet unspecified; we are waiting for confirmation of the ANSI audit schedule, potentially as soon as November 2023.
The last step in the process would be a final review by an ANSI committee, at which point ANSI would publish the MBC proposal as an official ANS (American National Standard).