Time is Now to Join Standards Committee

26 March 23

DMSC Standards Committee Set to Review New MBC Standard DraftWork by the Model-Based Characteristics (MBC) Working Group continues on a new American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standard proposal. Preparations are being made to follow the required procedures for submitting the proposed standard to ANSI sometime in the next 60 days (April-May 2023). DMSC has re-formed the DMSC Standards Committee to meet this objective.

The next step in the process is a final review and approval (vote) by the Standards Committee of the MBC proposal document.

MBC 1.0 will include model-based definition with persistent identification. It will compliment the Quality Information Framework (QIF) standard by adding engineering requirements to the model including nomenclature, definitions, symbols, data structures, and practices for product definition. QIF was created by The Digital Metrology Standards Consortium (DMSC). DMSC is responsible for the development, maintenance and support of the QIF standard, as well as the Dimensional Measuring Interface Standard (DMIS).

Ray Admire

The DMSC Standards Committee is chaired by Ray Admire and consists generally of DMSC members and/or members of the MBC Working Group. However, in the spirit of openness (and an ANSI requirement), the offer to join the Standards Committee is extended to any and all interested individuals and companies. DMSC membership is encouraged, but not required for participation.

So far, the following companies have expressed interest in participating in the DMSC Standards Committee:
Note: you must specifically request to participate

• Hexagon
• Mitutoyo America
• Johns Hopkins APL
• Lockheed Martin
• Honeywell
• Action Engineering
• Pratt & Whitney

The DMSC Standards Committee will fine-tune the documentation before submission to ANSI. The Standards Committee will either: formally vote on the final document, affirmatively, negatively, negatively with comment, or abstain. Since the proposed new standards document is coming directly from the MBC Working Group, it is expected that the fine-tuning process will be minimal and expedient.

If the proposed new Standard documentation is approved the DMSC Standards Committee, it will be submitted to ANSI for Public Review. The Public Review phase typically takes around 30 days. Should public comments be received, the Standards Committee will respond. With the resolution of public comments, if received, then ANSI will complete a final review. The final step in the process will be publishing the proposal as a new ANSI standard.

The entire submission process should be completed in one or two Standards Committee meeting sessions. The DMSC Standards Committee will convene roughly within the next 60 days (April-May 2023). The Standards Committee work may be done through an in-person meeting, or may be a hybrid meeting – details are yet to be determined. To participate in the process, you must make a formal request to join the Standards Committee.

If you’re interested in participating in the DMSC Standards Committee proceedings, please contact DMSC Executive Director Mark Thomas soon for more details: mark.thomas@qifstandards.org