Once a year a new ECLASS Release is published. Each release represents an update of the existing standard in a new version.
Between each major release, so-called minor releases are also published. Generally, this means that each major release is followed one year later by a minor release. We publish machine-readable files for each new version. This makes ECLASS the only standard worldwide that enables automatic - because machine-readable - migrations.
The current ECLASS Release 11.1 adds more than 850 commodity classes, 300 new properties, more than 2,150 new values and 16,600 new commodity class-property relationships.
To this end, nearly 22,000 changes were made – particularly in sectors such as machine element, fixing and mounting, electric engineering, automation, process control engineering, home economics and home technology, installation, interior furnishing and fluid power.
Each company can decide for itself how to use the standard most effectively:
- The purchase of a simple license allows unlimited use of the associated release.
- A concordance license grants usage rights for all subsequent releases and update files, in return for a yearly fee.
- Membership comes with the free use of all licenses, while also offering further opportunities to help shape the standard.
Even if ECLASS lets all objects speak a common language, people haven’t yet reached this point. For this reason, ECLASS users place high value on the variety of languages offered. In addition to full translations into English and German, partial translations are provided in French, Turkish, Chinese, Spanish, Czech, Portuguese and other languages. A detailed overview is available here.
We’re working daily to complete existing language versions and add new languages. Which ones those will be depends on the user-community experts who are helping to develop the standard. You too can send us suggestions, desires or contributions at any time.