PDM IF Presentation PDM IF Presentation

PDM-IF website: www.pdm-if.org


Product Data Maganement processes are well established in large industrial corporations and are being deployed in their supply-chains.

Standards & interoperability are key factors for:

  • Deploying PDM processes in industrial supply-chain to enhance their efficiency and competitiveness using data exchanges and data sharing / integration (e.g. web services).
  • Maintaining and evolutions of information systems.
  • Long term archiving of industrial data.
  • Ensuring adequate data quality where it is needed and when it is needed, for your company and for your business partners.

Industries requirements and business drivers

The white paper collects industrial requirements and benefits for an international PDM-IF from Automotive, Aerospace, Defence and other OEM manufacturers, from SMEs, and from PDM vendors & integrators.


Scope and main tasks

The general scope is defined through the PDM-IF four main tasks, use cases and deliverables. The four main tasks of the PDM-IF are:

  • Description of use cases and prioritization for implementation;
  • Development and maintenance of STEP PDM recommended practices;
  • Interoperability testing and associated test rounds;
  • Publication, outreach, coordination and communication.

The main deliverables of the PDM-IF are:

  • The agreed description of Industry Use Cases for PDM information interoperability;
  • The development and maintenance of PDM Recommended Practices;
  • High level testing plan; General testing instructions; Test suite/test cases;
  • High level testing results (publically available);
  • Detailed testing results (privately available) and Feedback to standard developers.


The PDM-IF will provide common guidelines for PDM interoperability based on the following STEP modular Application Protocols:

  • AP 209 “Multi-disciplinary analysis and design”,
  • AP 233 “Systems Engineering”,
  • AP 242 “Managed model based 3D engineering”, which is the convergence of AP 203 and AP 214 developed by the aerospace and automotive industry associations for a common ISO standard of PDM interoperability;
  • AP 210 “Electronic assembly interconnect and packaging design”,
  • OASIS PLCS and AP 239 “Product Life Cycle Support”.



The PDM-IF is organized around 2 main constituents: the User Group and the Implementor Group.

The User Group represents the industry stakeholders and ensures that the industry needs are taken in account with the correct priorities by the standardisation activities as well as with the implementation testing. The User Group defines the business scenarios, the implementation roadmap in function of priorities and standards availability based on Implementor Group’s recommendations.

The Implementor Group is in charge of developing the recommended practices to answer the industry needs and of testing the implementations.
In order to facilitate the group’s activities, the Project Team is in charge of managing the operational activities of the groups, meetings, test activities, edition and publication of the recommended practices, communication and outreach. The governance of the activities will be managed by a steering committee in charge of defining the priorities and provide the necessary funding to the PDM-IF.

The test and the publication infrastructures will be supported by a platform providing test services, publication services, access control and more. This platform is detailed in the PDM-IF Operations Manual document.