HOW IS A PDT USEFUL FOR MANUFACTURERS?
The lack of an international standard applying to structuring manufacturers’ data and making it machine-readable has been a major issue, preventing organisations from bringing forward their digitisation initiatives. This is why this problem has been addressed by the leading European and international standardisation bodies such as CEN and ISO. Essentially, the purpose of Product Data Templates is to make sure that product data requesters (e.g. asset owners, architects, specifiers, contractors, facility managers) and product data providers (manufacturers, distributors) exchange product information based on the same structures and using the same digital language. Standardisation of the terms and definitions used throughout projects ensures seamless communication between different software systems and solutions, the participation in a BIM-supported design, construction, and operation process. It also enables all project stakeholders to define their information needs and check for the accuracy of the information and against their predefined requirements at any stage of the asset’s life cycle. Therfore, some of the most important benefits of PDTs for manufacturers are:
Better data management within the manufacturer’s organisation;
Better quality of the data, a single source of truth;
Added value to all tangible products by adding a standardised digital dimension to the augmented product;
Strong positioning as an industry digitisation leader;
Allowing previously siloed manufacturer’s data to enter different digital channels.
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