The Product Classification database (PCdb) is a fully normalized, relational database, that is used in conjunction with the Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES), Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard (ACES) and Internet Parts Ordering (IPO). The PCdb is a product classification hierarchy, which standardizes product terminologies in a coded manner. PCdb product terminologies are used to describe any products, both vehicle and non-vehicle specific, that are sold in the aftermarket industry, including, but not limited to, replacement parts, service products and supplies.

Some examples of PCdb product terminologies include:

  • Disc Brake Pad Set
  • Spark Plug
  • Headlight Bulb
  • Sponge
  • Candy Bar
  • T-Shirt
  • etc...

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

  • The Product Classification database (PCdb) 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).

    Your PAdb 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.

  • The Product Classification database (PCdb) 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

    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.
  • 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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