The eCl@ss association has a long history of cooperation agreements with international companies, associations and standardization organisations.
The goal of eCl@ss has always been to rely on existing standards and integrate into the eCl@ss standard what is already approved by the market or standardized on an international level.
Further, eCl@ss cooperates with strategic international partners such as IT service providers, industry associations, standardization organisations and related standards.
By cooperating with competent partners from various sectors, eCl@ss e.V. secures:
- market- and requirements-oriented expansion
- norm-conforming further development
- integration of further classification systems
- international expansion
- scientifically-based further development and expansion
At our eCl@ss wiki you will find a list of all our cooperation Partners.
Some of the most important cooperations of international significance are briefly presented here:
APPLiA – Home Appliance Europe is a Brussels-based trade association that provides a single, consensual voice for the home appliance industry in Europe. It promotes the industry’s general mission to increase product innovation while reducing the environmental impact of appliances. APPLiA’s PI standard is an initiative behind the development of a harmonized product information standard for manufacturers. It helps manufacturers, retailers and consumers take full advantage of modern developments in electronic communication and data processing. The PI standard is therefore used by manufacturers to exchange information with their trading partners through electronic formats so that everyone can speak the same language and make comparisons between different products more easy and accessible. Since September of 2018, APPLiA and eCl@ss have been cooperation partners. Within the framework of the eCl@ss Expert Group for the white goods sector (i.e., home appliances and home appliance technology), the industry standard APPLiA PI is being harmonized with eCl@ss on an ongoing basis. We are also planning to develop a sustainable mapping system that enables a mutual reading of both standards.
The Research Institute for Operations Management (FIR) is a non-profit, cross-sectoral research and training institution at RWTH Aachen University. Working in the field of company organization and enterprise IT, FIR seeks to create organizational foundations for the digitally networked industrial company of the future, thus contributing to the improvement of enterprise competitiveness.
FIR and eCl@ss have been partners since 07 January 2015. Having established reciprocal membership in one another’s organizations, FIR and eCl@ss aim to facilitate exchange, along with the mutual support of and participation in events. In addition, FIR is represented on the eCl@ss Scientific Advisory Board.
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is an international standards-setting organization for standards in the electrotechnology and electronics sectors.
IEC and eCl@ss have been partners since 14 October 2015. The objective is the sustainable harmonization of the overlapping content in the IEC Common Data Dictionary (CDD) and eCl@ss. With the “d-m@p” project, IEC and eCl@ss experts are currently developing a mapping mechanism that makes the features and attributes of product data reciprocally readable.
IOTA Foundation is a non-profit organization. IOTA and eCl@ss are cooperation partners since June 21, 2018 with the intention of working together for the benefit of both sides. IOTA is a new transaction and data transfer layer for the Internet of Things (IoT) supporting the exchange of digital resources and to be introduced as a payment model for eCl@ss. At the same time the eCl@ss standard should be established in the data market as well as in the IOTA protocol.
The Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) is a Japanese standards-setting organization for electronic components and devices and develops the ECALS standard.
JEITA and eCl@ss have been partners since 27 July 2017. Because JEITA created a comprehensive ECALS-IEC CDD mapping system in 2016, the goal of the cooperation is – as a first step – to use the acquired experience and results to support the development of the IEC CDD-eCl@ss mapping mechanism. JEITA sees eCl@ss as an enabler that perfectly complements the national orientation of the Japanese ECALS standard.
Joint meetings take place regularly, along with ongoing exchange on current themes of importance.
POSITION PAPER JEITA & eCl@ss
Due to the increasing importance of the electronic exchange of product description data, JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association) and eCl@ss have created a joint position paper as part of their cooperation.
JEITA and eCl@ss argue that international cooperation is needed through the use of related product-describing standards, especially with respect to INDUSTRY4.0 and IoT. JEITA and eCl@ss are convinced that their standards and complementary activities can provide the foundation for the sustainable and comprehensive establishment of electronic data exchange, thereby providing added value for the industry as a whole.
On February 12, 2018, SAP SE and eCl@ss e.V. launched a partnership that integrates eCl@ss into the SAP Asset Intelligence Network (SAP AIN). With SAP AIN, manufacturers, service providers and equipment operators can exchange data and information through a cloud-based platform. Integrating eCl@ss into the network establishes standardized product information, which allows users to compare and evaluate products.
SAP has also become a member of the eCl@ss Steering Committee and will play an active role in determining the association’s strategic vision for the future.
SPARETECH is the digital collaboration platform for part manufacturers and operators to guarantee error-free and always up-to-date product data in the systems used by machine operators. Therefore, SPARETECH is using cutting-edge technologies, languages and tools from the field of semantical data management, big data and automated data processing.
The cooperation between eCl@ss and SPARETECH, launched in May 2019, aims to develop the standard and expand its reach internationally.