A new eCl@ss release is published during the first quarter of each year. 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. In this regard, eCl@ss is the only standard worldwide that enables automatic migration, thanks to this machine-readable capability.
The current release, numbered 10.1, adds more than 570 commodity classes, 2,100 new properties and 66,000 new commodity class-property relationships.
To this end, nearly 100,000 changes were made in 38 segments – particularly in sectors such as FMCG, white goods, furniture and furnishings, electrical engineering, automation technology, process control engineering and medical devices.
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 eCl@ss lets all objects speak a common language, people haven’t yet reached this point. For this reason, eCl@ss 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.