What is QIF?

QIF (quality information framework) is an open-standard CAD format made specifically for introducing 21st century concepts such as digital transformation, digital thread, and IoT (Internet of Things) to computer-aided technology and engineering applications.

The two main points of QIF are interoperability & traceability throughout the entire product lifecycle. From design to planning to manufacturing to analysis, full metadata can be mapped back to the “single source of truth” (native CAD).

QIF is built on the XML framework for easy integration & interoperability with other systems, web/internet applications, and other formal standards– a unified and universal approach.

  • Structured Data: Featured-based, characteristic-centric ontology of manufacturing quality metadata.
  • Modern Approach: XML technology– simple implementation and build-in code validation.
  • Connected Data: Information semantically linked to model for full information traceability to MBD>
  • Standard Data: Approved ISO and ANSI interoperability standard

It also contains holistic, semantic PMI (product manufacturing information) / 3D product definition and other metadata that is both human-readable and computer-readable for MBD (model-based definition) implementation.

QIF is an ANSI and ISO standard managed by the Digital Metrology Standards Consortium (DMSC), an international leader in the field of metrology. QIF supports Design, Metrology, and Manufacturing as it enters the Industry 4.0 initiative: data that is semantic, machine-readable, standard, and interoperable to enable the smart factory.

QIF is a key conversation starter for companies beginning the MBD/MBE (model-based enterprise) process, especially for metrology-related information in PLM (produce lifecycle management) and PDM (product data management).


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