Welcome to the Website of the
Dimensional Metrology Standards Consortium
The mission of Dimensional Metrology Standards Consortium
(DMSC™, Inc.) is to identify urgently needed standards in the field of
dimensional metrology, and to promote, foster, and encourage the development and
interoperability of these standards,
along with related and supporting standards that will benefit the industry as a
whole. The Dimensional Measuring
Interface Standard (DMIS) is one
such standard that the consortium
has the responsibility to develop, maintain and support as well as to coordinate
and harmonize with other related standards efforts. The DMSC™ is an ANSI Accredited Standards Developing Organization, as well as an A-Liaison to ISO. The consortium invites participation within the
consortium of other standards groups and activities that seek to resolve the
technology and other issues of automated dimensional metrology.
Read articles about the DMSC and its developments at this Site.
To discover more in Specialized Articles about the DMSC Quality Information Framework - QIF™, written by Metrology Experts, click on this LINK!]
National Standards Institute (ANSI) Approves New Quality Information Framework
New QIF™ V1.0 Standard:
A Significant Breakthrough for the
Burleson, Texas, USA December
23, 2013 — The
Metrology Standards Consortium announced today the American National Standards
Institute (ANSI) has approved QIF v1.0
(Quality Information Framework, version 1.0) as an ANSI standard. This new standard covers the digital
interoperability needs for a wide variety of use cases including feature-based dimensional
metrology, quality measurement planning, first article inspection, and discrete
approval of QIF v1.0 indicates that QIF has attained a consensus approval from
a large number of subject matter experts in the digital metrology
industry. (See “About DMSC” below.) The
QIF standard was designed to meet the highest industry requirements and to
satisfy technological gaps that have traditionally cost industry hundreds of
millions of dollars annually. The DMSC has met, and continues to meet the need
for urgently required national standards in quality measurement in a timely
fashion. ANSI’s accredited Standards Developing
Organizations (SDOs) operate in accordance with national and often international
guidelines, and have been verified by government and peer review assessments. The ANSI Board of Standards Review (BSR) approved
the standard on December 19, 2013.
QIF aims to define an integrated set
of XML information models which enable the effective exchange of metrology data
throughout the entire manufacturing quality measurement process - from product
design to inspection planning to execution and analysis. QIF V1.0 models include quality
characteristics (e.g., tolerances) and measurement features as defined in the
ASME Y14.5 specification and the Dimensional Measuring Interface Standard
(DMIS). QIF V1.0 provides a standardized solution for defining and exchanging measurement
scope (e.g., bill of characteristics), measurement plans, and measurement
“Founding Principle” of the QIF is simply this:
All information models for transporting quality data should be derived
from common model libraries so that common information modeling components can
be reused throughout the entire quality measurement process and, as a result,
the entire process will be inherently interoperable.
To find more
information about the QIF standard please visit the QIF website at www.qifstandards.org.
To obtain your no-cost copy of the standard please send a request via
email to email@example.com.
"I am proud of our standards community and
the work that we have accomplished with this new standard. This doesn’t replace
DMIS (Dimensional Measurement Interface Standard) but it compliments and can
harmonize with it. This new standard infrastructure is expandable to include
every aspect of the Quality Information Framework, thus the name. Once adopted
by the software vendors, this will allow us to properly use digital models with
all the engineering requirements and quickly produce inspection and measurement
plans throughout our supply chain (micro and macro), conduct inspections and
measurements then analyze and report in standard formats via AS9102 or PPAP
files. This will be a huge savings throughout every manufacturing industry in
our environment without any cost
to the software vendor or user." said Ray Admire, DMSC
Treasurer and Chairman of the Quality Measurement Standards Committee.
“This ANSI standard is a significant
milestone for manufacturing quality and catapults metrologies applications into
cost effective digital interoperability.
We need our manufacturing community to embrace this standard not only as
a good technical solution but as the best most cost effective way to do
manufacturing business. QIF v1.0 addresses
missing digital interfaces necessary for proactive quality within today’s
model-centric applications and tomorrow’s model-based enterprise. Finally, we are already working on QIF v2.0,
please join us as we progress vendor agnostic interface solutions built upon the
foundation provided by QIF v1.0”, said DMSC President Curtis Brown.
The work is not complete, from the QIF
v1.0 foundation, significant QIF v2.0 efforts are being devoted toward
responding to model-based metrologies primary pain point that is obtaining a complete
and accurate 3D product definition with semantic geometric and dimensional
tolerances. QIF v2.0 work for a cost
effective XML exchange of product definition with various conformance levels of
semantic PMI (e.g., GD&T) will satisfy many CAD to model-based metrology
use cases. Additional work will define and apply
measurement resources and measurement rules toward generating and communicating
feature-based measurement plans based upon a plant, departments, or supplier’s
measurement resources and rules defined by your company and/or by part type. Finally, work for QIF v2.0 will address the
MIL-STD-31000 terminology and additional non-dimensional measurement
Dimensional Metrology Standards Consortium (DMSC), is an ANSI Accredited
Standards Developing Organization, as well as an A-Liaison to ISO TC 184. QIF has been developed by quality measurement
experts from NIST, Lockheed Martin, Honeywell FM&T, John Deere, Rolls
Royce, Pratt Whitney, GE Aviation, Boeing, Mitutoyo, Metrology Integrators,
Capvidia, Origin International, Renishaw, Hexagon Metrology, Nikon Metrology,
PAS Technology, Siemens PLM Software, Zeiss, IPI Solutions, and DISCUS. These are many of the same experts who
continue to maintain the Dimensional Measuring Interface Standard (DMIS).
QIF is a registered trademark of the DMSC. © 2013 Dimensional Metrology Standards
The DMSC and Capvidia have signed an MoU to collaborate in advancing metrology technology and interoperability. Click here to view the Press Release!
Introduction and How to Participate;
also, Benefits and Justification
In today’s environment, standards are essential to national
and international economies, to world trade, and to the success of individual
companies. Lack of interoperability
between manufacturing automation systems is known to waste hundreds of millions of dollars
every year. A new organization, the Dimensional Metrology Standards Consortium
(DMSC), Inc., has been established which recognizes the critical importance
of industrial manufacturing and metrology standards. The objective of the consortium is to take an
active role in the establishment and coordination of these existing and
emerging technologies. (Click on any Topic Heading in these pages for more information.)
The DMSC, Inc. launched a New and Integrated Approach to Quality Measurement Standards definition and development on August 11, 2010. Under this new approach, the Quality Information Framework (QIF) calls for an entirely new standards committee structure for coordination and compatibility To learn about the QIF visit the QIF Standards Website. The site contains a lot of valuable information which will impact the entire industry.
The QMS (Quality Measurement Standards) Committee is the consensus body for the DMSC. All Working groups within the structure of the Quality Information Framework (QIF) coordinate their efforts. When ready for standardization, the QIF provides the results to the QMS to progress as standards. To see the most recent QMS structure document (words and pictures, version 8) CLICK HERE!
NEWS RELEASE; The Dimensional Metrology Standards Consortium (DMSC, Inc.) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announce the first-ever award of DMIS certification to Siemens PLM Software. -- (John Horst, NIST, firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-975-3430)
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DMIS Certification Program
The Dimensional Metrology Standards Consortium (DMSC, Inc.) announces a new program to certify DMIS-based programs as being in conformance with the DMIS standard. For more information click on this link.