padb data rules
The Parts Attribute database (PAdb) is a standardized reference
database to facilitate the management and exchange of information. The
structure of the database ensures a high level of referential integrity and
As an impartial and industry‐sponsored arbiter of data, the role of the PAdb is not to
provide specific content, but it does standardize, and therefore clarify, the
description of the vehicle which is the subject of the data content being
exchanged. A standard reference table allows for faster and less costly integration
of data content from multiple sources.
the more popular and high-volume products in the industry-standard Product
Classification database, the PAdb defines one or more “Styles” of the product
as well as the valid “Attributes” related to the product. Attributes are
further defined by “Type”, “Valid Values” and other Metadata that ensures
consistency and accuracy. Specifically, the PAdb contains attributes which deal
with the working dimensions, material, color, and performance characteristics
of a product. Performance characteristics could be rates of flow, horsepower,
electrical characteristics, etc. A table containing a complete set of
performance measurements is appended to this document.
PAdb DOES NOT CONTAIN any attributes which are already defined in other
Autocare Association Standards, such as the Aftermarket Catalog Enhanced
Standard (ACES) or the Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES).
PAdb also DOES NOT CONTAIN any attributes which might be considered subjective,
such as product features, benefits, comparisons to other products. These types
of attributes are considered Market Copy, and, as such, already have their own
definitions in the PIES standard.
PAdb also DOES NOT CONTAIN any attributes which might be considered
proprietary, and expose formulations or engineering information.
is the responsibility of suppliers to populate and provide Attribute information
to their trading partners. The PAdb defines the method and data-types by
product. The PAdb does not include the product attribute values for any
specific supplier of automotive product.
Questions: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.