The Dimensional Metrology Standards Consortium (DMSC) hosted the 2017 Quality Information Framework/QIF Summit October 3-6, 2017 in Golden Colorado. Our meeting coincided with the 3D Collaboration & Interoperability Congress (also known in the trade as 3D CIC). In 2018, we plan to meet again during the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Illinois – so mark your calendars for that event.
While in Colorado in 2017, we had a full schedule including two days of round-table discussions with the QIF Working Groups, a full day of QIF Symposium meetings, and ended with the official DMSC meeting on Friday including a lively panel discussion. It was several days filed with robust conversations, idea and information sharing, and advocating for broadening the implementation of QIF.
Click here to see the full scope of the 2017 QIF Summit, supported by detailed presentation abstracts below.
Integrated Information for Improved Quality
Dr. Toby Maw / Manufacturing Technology Centre (UK)
Weaving a Digital Thread for Manufacturing: STEP, QIF, & MTConnect
Dr. Martin Hardwick / Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Why QIF Matters, A Lot More Than You Think
Evan Yares / The Yares Organization
Hello World: The Complete Beginner’s Guide to QIF
Bob Stone / Dimensional Metrology Standards Consortium
Capturing Measurement Resources in the QIF Format
Dr. Edward Morse / University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charting the Transition between Engineering Specifications, the 3D Model,
and Inspection through Quality Reporting
Glen Voglesong / Faurecia
Getting to the End Game with QIF: Useable Parts
Mark Nielsen / TechAzul
At the DMSC Meeting, several decisions were taken around the next release of QIF. Here are the highlights:
Decision #1: The next QIF release will be v3.0 and will include:
- Expansion of measurement workflow use cases supported by QIF
- Improvements to PMI modelling to support common CAD systems annotations like those from SolidWorks, PTC Creo, NX, and CATIA
- Concise measurement point storage
- Increased harmonization with ISO Geometrical Product Specification
- Improved support for metrology software and fitting algorithm specifications
- Improved traceability in statistics, including an option for bulk raw data
- Enhanced support for a comprehensive array of measurement device types in QIF Resources
- Support for measurement resource selection via QIF Rules
- Improved XSLT data integrity checking
Decision #2: Distribute a QIF v3.0 Change Document in 2018.
Note: As of Q1-2018, we project a mid May 2018 release.
Updates on these actions are pending and will be shared in the coming weeks.
Many thanks to Jennifer Herron and her team at Action Engineering for the great work they did hosting the 2017 3D CIC event, and allowing us the space to bring the important discussions around QIF into the same collective conversations. We look forward to seeing everyone in Chicago at 2018 IMTS. Reach out to us if you have any questions on how you can help advance QIF in the workplace.