Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard (ACES)
The Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard (ACES) is the aftermarket industry data standard for the management and communication of product fitment data.
The ACES data standard is used by light, medium, and heavy duty, as well as powersport, off-highway and equipment companies to communicate their product fitment information.
The ACES data standard allows companies to communicate this information for their products to their trading partners, by utilizing multiple supporting relational databases
which contain standardized, codified data, including vehicle and equipment attributes, qualifier statements, product classifications, brands and more.
if a company's product(s) requires a Year, Make, Model lookup in order to find it in a catalog or web lookup, users would utilize the ACES data standard, which utilizes multiple relational databases, to communicate that fitment information for their product(s) to their trading partners. The ACES data standard is used by light, medium, and heavy duty, as well as powersport, off-highway and equipment companies to communicate their product fitment information.
By using the ACES data standard, as well as best practices
It allows for companies to be more efficient in communicating product fitment data for light, medium and heavy duty vehicles, powersports, and off-highway and equipment, for their product’s by utilizing a standardized communication method that is machine-readable (XML) by all trading partners. By using the ACES standard, it:
- Removes duplicated communication and distribution efforts
- Saves time and money
- Lowers supply chain costs
- Increases product introduction and speed to market
- Contributes to increased sales, operational efficiencies, and reduced returns
While the ACES data standard is free, it utilizes multiple relational databases which contain standardized, codified data (aka reference data), some of which require an annual paid subscription.
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ACES 4.2 is the current version* of the Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard (ACES) offered to the industry. This version, and all versions, are designed and maintained by the industry, for the industry,
through industry workgroups and the guidance of the Technology Standards Committee (TSC).
Each version passes a 90-day industry review period and is then released to the industry there-after.
XSD Schema Diagram
*Auto Care Association ONLY supports the Current and Previous versions of the ACES and PIES data standards per the guidance of the Technology Standards Committee (TSC). Auto Care Association highly recommends that users of the data standards stay up-to-date as new versions are introduced and released.
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Check out this 1-minute video to see who use the ACES and PIES data standards. You will learn who the key data players are.
There are multiple ways to get involved in the development and management of the Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard (ACES) and Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES) data standards, as well as their supporting relational databases.
This platform allows users to both manage and download the Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard (ACES) and Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES) supporting relational databases. This includes submitting change requests to the current databases to modify existing records, remove and/or add new records.
Access to the VIP site does require users to create an account. To create an account, please visit autocarevip.com and follow the instructions on the landing page.
Access to the VIP site does not require a paid subscription. However, access to certain products within the VIP site will require an active paid subscription.
This platform allows users to join discussions and workgroup calls that are centered around the Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard (ACES) and Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES) data standards and their supporting relational databases. Users can communicate issues, as well as areas of improvement, to continuously develop the standards to meet the demands both of today and tomorrow. Creating an account is free. Join today!
The Automotive Content Professionals Network (ACPN), a community of the Auto Care Association, is a professional network with 380+ individual members employed in the automotive industry. It is the only community devoted exclusively to the education and professional development needs of the automotive content management professional.
ACPN serves as the leader in content management and related activities; promotes industry technology standards; and provides a forum for discussing and promoting best practices within the automotive industry all of which will culminate in their annual Knowledge Exchange conference.
I’m an engineer. I love to solve problems. Through the Technology Standards Committee, we’ve been able to work on common problems across our trading partners and the customers that we serve to improve our delivery of goods and services.Doug Wiggin,
Director, Software Architecture Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance
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What’s New In ACES
South America data now available!
The VCdb has been expanded to now offer vehicles that are sold in
- Ecuador NEW IN 2021
- Peru NEW IN 2021
- Costa Rica NEW IN 2021
to use in the ACES data standard!
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Off-Highway and Equipment data available!
The VCdb has been expanded to include off-highway and equipment data with nine new segments, to use in the ACES data standard.
- Lawn and Garden
- Marine Auxiliary
- Marine Propulsion
- Power Generation
- Railway Segment
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