SEMA eNews Vol. 22, No. 2, January 10, 2019

Updates to Data Standards Feature Benefits for Engine-Based Manufacturers

By Della Domingo

  SEMA Data Co-opAutomotive parts manufacturers and resellers can learn more about the new ACES 4.0 by visiting www.semadatacoop.org.
   

ACES 4.0—It’s more than a perfect GPA. It’s the industry’s updated data standard that was introduced in 2018. ACES 4.0 includes new tables to support the evolving needs of manufacturers and resellers, making it more efficient to communicate product details and get parts to market faster.

ACES, short for Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard, is the automotive industry’s agreed-upon format to communicate a product’s vehicle application and fitment. Attributes including year, make and model are contained within ACES.

The highlights of ACES 4.0 are:

  • Engine block, bore and stroke data is separated into their own tables. This change reduces data proliferation, particularly when bore/stroke are not relevant to fitment.
  • Greater details are available between medium- and heavy-duty vehicles based on the weight class of the chassis.

Additional updates are scheduled for the spring, at which time new data for equipment systems will be available. This data will allow parts to be described as fitting a certain engine configuration or transmission, ideal for parts that are not adequately covered by describing year, make and model.

Automotive parts manufacturers and resellers can learn more about the new ACES 4.0 by visiting www.semadatacoop.org or contacting Jim Graven, senior director of membership at 888-958-6698, ext. 4, or jimg@semadatacoop.org.

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