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Product Attribute database (PAdb)

The Product Attribute database (PAdb) is a fully normalized, relational database, that is used in conjunction with the Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES).

The PAdb contains product specific attributes (aka product specifications), including performance and physical attributes, which describe the form, fit and function of a product and standardizes it in a coded manner.


PAdb attributes are assigned to each product classification found in the Product Classification database (PCdb).

 

8.0+ thousand

part attributes tied to

 

118.0+ thousand

part attribute associations

The standardization of product attribute information allows for this type of information to move efficiently and consistently across the industry.

Some examples of PAdb attributes include:

  • Color
  • Finish
  • Material
  • Outside Diameter
  • Port Quantity
  • Horsepower

Rich, complete, and accurate product attribute information is an essential component of marketing any product successfully. All customers, professional shop and retail consumers, rely on robust product attributes to make informed decisions and select the most appropriate product for their needs. Performance and physical attributes address the objective differences between two similar products. This information enables customers to make informed and knowledgeable decisions, and be fully aware of the differences between similar products.

The industry use of the Product Attribute database (PAdb) promotes increased speed to market for manufacturers and their trading partners who use the ACES and PIES data standards, as it makes it easier to compile and display product content for web catalogs, websites and internal systems. Additionally, the PAdb promotes a positive user experience for consumers and allows consumers to compare products in their searches due to the information being displayed in a consistent manner.


Learn more about

our documentation
how you can get involved

The Product Attribute database (PAdb) documentation found below is the latest version of the database documentation. 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).

Documentation includes:

 

  Data Rules and Policies
  ER Diagram

Note: Our documentation is available to the public. To view and download documentation, please sign-in with your autocare.org login information to the Auto Care Digital Hub. If you do not have a login, please create an account.


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.

Auto Care Communifier

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!


Education and Networking

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.

 



Download

The Product Attribute database (PAdb) and all other ACES and PIES data standards supporting relational databases, can be managed and downloaded through the Auto Care Vehicle Information Portal (VIP).

The VIP platform allows users to view the contents of the PAdb, submit changes to existing records, request new records, as well as download the published database.

Publication Cycle: Monthly

Release Notes: Click here

The Product Attribute database (PAdb) requires an annual paid subscription to view and download.

Note: Access to the VIP site does not require a paid active subscription. However, access to certain products within the site will require an active paid subscription. To access the VIP site, users are required to create an autocare.org account. Click here to create an account.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I download and/or request changes to the Auto Care Data Standards supporting relational databases (VCdb, Qdb, PCdb, PAdb, Brand Table)?

Users can do all of this by logging* into autocarevip.com. The VIP platform allows users to view the contents of the databases (VCdb, Qdb, PCdb, PAdb, Brand Table), submit changes to existing records, request new records, as well as download the published database.

All change requests are reviewed by the Auto Care Association technology team prior to approving the request. If you need help while in autocarevip.com, navigate to the “Contact Us” button within autocarevip.com.

*Note: Access to the VIP site does not require a paid active subscription. However, access to certain products within the site will require an active paid subscription. To access the VIP site, users are required to create an account. To create an account, please visit Autocarevip.com and follow the instructions on the landing page.

Where can I find documentation and sample data for Auto Care Association Data Standards?
All Auto Care Association Data Standards documentation and sample data can be found in the Auto Care Digital Hub here.
Do I need a subscription to use the ACES and PIES data standards?
No. The ACES and PIES data standards are free to the industry to use. However, the ACES and PIES data standards utilize multiple supporting relational databases (VCdb, Qdb, PCdb, PAdb, Brand Table), some of which require a subscription. See our subscriptions page to find out which ones require a paid subscription.

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What’s New in PAdb

Spanish translations now available!

 

The PAdb has been expanded to now offer Spanish translations!

 

To access this information, a subscription is required to at least one VCdb and the PAdb.

 

Visit the subscriptions page to subscribe!



Heavy Duty Expansion

 

The Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES) was recently expanded for the heavy duty industry, as a result of an industry project managed by the Auto Care Association Community, HDDA: Heavy Duty, beginning with PIES Version 7.1 and newer.

 

This expansion included the addition of heavy duty fields into the PIES data standard, as well as the addition of product attributes in the Product Attribute database (PAdb)* for 20 product categories of heavy duty products found in the Product Classification database (PCdb), which are both utilized in the PIES data standard.

 

Heavy Duty companies can now use the PIES data standard to communicate their product information to their trading partners!