Data and standards

SKF's first public eCatalog went live in 2005, and since then we've continously updated, augmented and revised it based on market and customer feedback. We know that your time is pulled in a hundred directions, and if there's anything SKF can do to let you get back to your business faster, to help you be more productive with the limited hours in a day, we want to do it.
SKF is an active member of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) and the National Catalog Managers Association (NCMA), two important groups that have established industry standard data guidelines for the aftermarket. SKF is wholeheartedly committed to these standards; using them, we (and our partners, their customers, and all who embrace standards) spend less time printing, loading, cross-mapping, and updating all the thousands of ways even a simple part specification can be represented — this allows us to do better business that serves our customers.

All of our electronic data and catalogs follow ACES and PIES standards. 
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ACES is the Industry Standard for the management and exchange of automotive catalog and vehicle data. With ACES, SKF can publish automotive data with standard coded designations for vehicle attributes, parts classifications and qualifier statements. ACES provides a machine-readable format (XML) for trading partners to use in exchanging vast amounts of information. The ACES Vehicle Configuration Database (VCDB) is updated monthly and available only on a subscription basis from AAIA. The Qualifier Database and parts Classification Database are updated as needed. Visit www.aftermarket.org/Technology/ACES.aspx for additional details.
The Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES) is the best practice for the management and exchange of a tremendous variety of product attribute information in the vehicle aftermarket industry. Following an industry standard is the first step towards global data synchronization with trading partners. Data synchronization yields increased sales, shorter new product introduction cycles and lower operating costs through reduced order processing, invoicing and shipping errors. Visit www.aftermarket.org/Technology/PIES.aspx for additional details about PIES.
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