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AAIA Technology Standards Get Updated for 2010

New versions of ACES, PIES and SIS available immediately.

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BETHESDA, Md. — The Technology Standards committee of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) has released updated versions of several widely used industry data standards.

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The Aftermarket Catalog Enhanced Standard (ACES) version 3.0 includes support for multiple product lines in a single catalog update file, many new classes of "othermotive" vehicles and heavy equipment, Mexican passenger car and light truck applications 1995 and later; and support for digital assets (images and drawings, for example) in application records.

The Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES) version 6.2 is a maintenance release that addresses several optional methods of defining Brand Owner, adds multiple Regulating Location elements and provides for future support of Product Attributes.

The Sales Information Standard (SIS) version 2.0 has been completely rewritten to comply with all AAIA metadata definitions. SIS has been updated to enable manufacturers to efficiently send transaction and commission information to sales rep agencies in either a standardized spreadsheet or XML format.

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To download the standards, visit: www.aftermarket.org/technology.
 
To learn more, write to: [email protected].

Editor’s Note: Stay tuned tomorrow for our guest commentary from Scott Luckett, AAIA’s vice president, technology standards, who will gently remind us once again what exactly ACES and PIES are all about.

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