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). 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.

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  • 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 login information to the Auto Care Digital Hub. If you do not have a login, please create an account.

  • While the Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard (ACES) and Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES) are free, they both utilize multiple relational databases which contain standardized, codified data (aka reference data), some of which require an annual paid subscription.

    The Product Attribute database (PAdb) requires an annual paid subscription.

    Please visit our subscriptions page for more information and to subscribe.

  • 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 PAdb requires an active 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 account. To create an account, please visit and follow the instructions on the landing page.

  • 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 Vehicle Information Portal (VIP)
    + Communifire
    + Education and Networking
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