As a reminder, the Partslink Numbering System® database is available in the Aftermarket Catalog Exchange Standard (ACES) format. The benefits of Partslink are now compounded by offering a significantly higher level of detail on each part number. When properly utilized, ACES data helps reduce instances of ill-fitting components, improves the buyer experience, and assists in the establishment of more comprehensive catalogs.
This standard is published by the AutoCare Association and is defined via the publication of ACES Vehicle Configuration Database (VCdb), the Product Classification Database (PCdb), the Qualifier Database (Qdb), Brand Table, and the Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES) databases.
Each of these is broken down below:
- The Vehicle Configuration Database (VCdb) is a comprehensive database of vehicle fitments, configurations, and expanded details for passenger cars, light trucks, and medium/heavy-duty trucks sold throughout North America.
- The Product Classification Database (PCdb) was developed primarily to support ACES and PIES, allowing parts to be classified using consistent nomenclature. Developing industry-standard classification is imperative to the Aftermarket industry. The PCdb ensures that everyone is speaking the same “product language”.
- The Qualifier Database (Qdb) plays an important role for ACES, as it eliminates the often confusing and inefficient “Notes” found in many previous application indexes. As our industry continues to move into the “Automation Age”, we must remember that any data relevant to a product requires its own field – the Qualifier Database helps ensure this.
- The Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES) outlines a variety of key inclusions including kits, pricing, digital assets, marketing content, hazmat identification, interchanges, and more.
Why ACES and Why Now?
For years, the Aftermarket industry has relied on the Partslink Numbering System as a means of creating a standardized “language” for all manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. This led to greater coordination, expansion of the industry, and increased ordering accuracy for buyers. However, as technology plays an increasingly important role in distribution and purchasing, it is imperative that our cataloging techniques evolve.
ACES formatting expands upon the existing Partslink catalog, making it easier than ever to digitize, automate, and distribute your parts catalog. Giving interface users the ability to “drill down” beyond Year/Make/Model to get part specifics such as Sub-Model, Engine Size, and Trim Package brings a variety of benefits to the entire supply chain.
Is ACES Right for My Company?
ACES format is a specific, automation-friendly database. In other words, anyone interested in scalable, automated catalog feeds will find that its use is imperative. Many clients are now requiring ACES XML formatted data files from manufacturers and distributors. If you have ever been asked to provide part data in ACES format, then a Partslink ACES Subscription is right for you!
NOTE: Due to the level of technical expertise required to manipulate and leverage ACES XML files, obtaining the PartsLink System® databases in ACES format may not be suitable for all organizations.
What Does a Partslink ACES Subscription Include?
The ACES XML files provided by a Partslink ACES subscription encompass the entire Partslink Numbering System® database and are separated into three (3) distinct databases – NEW Aftermarket, Cooling, and Recycled Bumper Covers.
A Partslink ACES Subscription DOES NOT include access to the ACA ACES databases, therefore if your organization wishes to be able to interpret the ACES XML formatted files, you will need a subscription to ACES from Autocare (ACA). Organizations with the technical capability to manipulate XML files may not require this additional step.
Partslink ACES subscribers also have access to the Standard Partslink format downloads.
The ABPA will be offering a member discounted price of $950 p/month for the Partslink ACES subscription (non-member rate is $1195). Not a member of the ABPA? Join us today to get the member rate!
To learn more about this new option in Partslink and how to subscribe, please visit the ABPA Partslink page for more information!