Our partners are leaders in the QIF standard and help provide solutions that will encompass any or all of the Quality Information Framework that are necessary to build a successful relationship. Each partner demonstrated QIF at the 2014 IMTS show and are dedicated to providing an immediate impact to your shop floor.
QIF is an integrated set of XML schema based standards enabling the seamless flow of information within computer-aided quality measurement systems.
Together with our partners we have capabilities to encompass all aspects of the QIF technologies into Quality Systems. Because QIF defines, organizes, and associates quality information including: measurement plans, results, part geometry and PMI, measurement templates, resources, statistical and analysis, these can be implemented at very minimal cost. QIF provides this with little to no intervention which means complete automation using intelligent model definitions, thus creating meaningful and valuable information throughout your supply chain and internal infrastructure.
What is QIF?
ANSI QIF 2.1 is made up of 8 parts:
Part 1: QIF Overview – Description of the general content and structure of the entire QIF information model, including the highest level data structures.
Part 2: QIF Library – Core QIF data structures used throughout different QIF application areas.
Part 3: QIF MBD – Or Model-Based Definition, QIF MBD defines a digital data format to convey part geometry (typically called the “CAD” model) and information to be consumed by downstream manufacturing quality processes, such as PMI.
Part 4: QIF Plans – Defines the digital format to convey measurement plans, which could include a set of features and characteristics to be measured, resources to be used, measurement procedure to be used, etc.
Part 5: QIF Resources – Digital definition of dimensional measurement resources, sufficient for use in generating a high level measurement plan for product certification, acceptance, or any other common application of dimensional measurement data.
Part 6: QIF Rules – Defines for format for specifying measurement rules, which are also sometimes referred to as measurement templates or measurement macros.
Part 7: QIF Results – Defines the format for specifying results of quality operations.
Part 8: QIF Statistics – Used to define statistical analysis of a set of results (e.g., individuals, averages, standard deviations, max, min, etc.)