In 2000, the German association ECLASS e.V. was founded with the aim of establishing a uniform data standard. This standard enables products and services to be clearly classified and described across all industries. The twelve founding members of the association include well-known companies such as Siemens, Bosch, BASF, Audi/VW, Lufthansa and Bayer AG, to name just a few.
The data standard creates a “language of things” that is both uniform and machine-readable and meets all the requirements of Industry 4.0. The standard is intended to avoid classic frictional losses such as incorrect orders, inconsistencies and duplicates in the data stock after (?) the integration of external product-related data into the company’s own system.
A particularly important aspect: ECLASS is the only international industry standard that is compliant to ISO/IEC standards. As a result, it is gaining in importance and acceptance worldwide. Today, more than 3500 companies, mainly in German-speaking countries, use this leading industry standard for the electronic communication of their product-related data. This applies both to internal use within a company and to the exchange of master data with national and international business partners. The spectrum of companies using this standard ranges from large industry giants such as Siemens and Bosch to medium-sized and smaller companies.
A subject area is the most general category and represents a specific industry or market. The current release 13.0 includes 39 subject areas.
The main groups on the second level divide product classes into more specific groups.
The groups on the third level divide product classes into more specific subgroups.
The subgroups on the fourth level represent a product or a product class, i.e., a group of similar products. ECLASS provides so-called property lists at this level. Attributes allow the detailed description of products and services. The properties are defined by values. The keywords and synonyms attached to each product class help you to quickly find the product classes and their property lists.
You export your material and product master data (XLS, CSV, BMEcat, JSON, etc.) and make them available to us.
We prepare your data for the next steps. We analyse designations and assign uniform “standard names” for each material.
We search and find the right ECLASS classes for your products.
We map your attributes to the ECLASS characteristic lists and extend them customer-specifically.
We enrich your relevant characteristics with information from our databases (ClassCOCKPIT Knowledge Database).
You receive the finished classification in your preferred formats for integration into your systems (PIM, ERP, marketplaces). Alternatively, the classification can be implemented directly in your system using our ClassCOCKPIT SAP software.
ECLASS is a cross-industry standard that offers companies many advantages. With ECLASS BASIC, they can optimize their operations, work more efficiently, and benefit from the positive impact on efficiency, costs, and progress toward digital transformation.
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