Expert Groups

ECLASS distinguishes two types of expert groups (EG):

  • content EG, taking care of the maintenance and further development of the content of the ECLASS standard, i.e. the classification and description of product groups and services
  • cross-section EG, taking care of specific aspects of the maintenance and administration issues of the standard, like e.g. the technical requirements of the data model, data base etc.

The first group are those EG that will verify and edit the submitted CR.

Tasks and responsibilities of content expert groups

1. Each content EG creates CR for their dedicated area of interest (e.g. a segment) in final-decision-maturity.

2. External CR concerning their dedicated area of interest are forwarded by the ECLASS office to the relevant content EG. The EG has to take into account these CR and consolidate them with their own work. The evaluation of external CR has to be documented in order to give feedback to the requestors.

3. CR in final-decision-maturity have to fulfill the following requirements:

         3.1 All mandatory fields are filled in English (if possible, also in German and other languages)

         3.2 They meet all formal requirements (ContentDevelopmentPlatform, Import Template)

         3.3 They meet the guidelines on spelling, syntax, field formats, units, definitions etc.

         3.4 The CR is in conformity to the data model

         3.5 A CR by an ECLASS EG has to be delivered with a decision memorandum by the EG

         3.6 In case a CR was submitted for a MinorRelease its content has to be checked if it contains only compatible changes

4. The following aspects have to be considered when editing CR:

  • The class hierachy must represent the market view (of e.g. a procurement market)
  • The existing structure of the content must be considered and breaks largely be avoided
  • Common norms, standards and guidelines (preferably international) must be considered if existing
  • Each content EG is responsible for the conformity to the guidelines described in this document and for the professional quality of their area of interest in ECLASS.
  • Each content EG can create and submit CR that concern the area of interest of other content EG. These CR are in the responsibility of the responsible EG. The responsible EG has to decide on the changes first, before forwarding the CR for the final decision to the QC.

5. If the areas of interest of two content EG are related, the EG have to consolidate their results with each other and inform the ECLASS office about their results

Tasks and responsibilities of cross-section expert groups

Currently only one cross-section EG exists in the ECLASS association, the Center for Research and Development (CRD). This is the central ECLASS body for the development of the ECLASS data structure and technical requirements to maintain the ECLASS standard, i.e. the data model, data base, rules and regulations etc. The CRD is not responsible for the content of the standard itself, but for the structure of the content (not the class structure, which is better described as the class hierarchy).

The ECLASS association plans to found cross-section EG for the maintenance of cross-segment content like aspectsblocks and properties.

Expert Groups that are currently active:

Expert Group Name Expert Group
EG 19 EG Information, communication and media technology
EG 22 EG Construction technology
EG 23 EG Machine element, fixing, mounting
EG 24 EG Office product, facility and technic, papeterie
EG 25 EG General Service
EG 27 EG Electric engineering, automation, process control
EG 29 EG Home economics, Home technology
EG 30 EG Auxiliary supply, additive, cleaning agent
EG 32 EG Laboratory material, Laboratory technology
EG 34 EG Medicine, Medical technology
EG 35 EG Semifinished product, material
EG 40 EG Occupational safety, accident prevention
EG 41 EG Marketing
EG 45 EG Human and veterinary drug, pesticide…
EG 47 EG Body care and personal hygiene
EG 49 EG Public safety and military technology
EG 50 EG Interior furnishing
EG 51 EG Hydraulic
EG 51 EG Pneumatic
EG 27-01 EG Generator
EG 27-02 EG Electrical drive
EG 27-03 EG Transformer, converter, coil
EG 27-04 EG Power supply devices
EG 27-05 EG Accumulator, battery
EG 27-06 EG Cable, wire
EG 27-07 EG Medium voltage switchgear, system
EG 27-08 EG High voltage switchgear, system
EG 27-09 EG Power quality management
EG 27-10 EG Network control technology
EG 27-11 EG Lighting installation, device
EG 27-12 EG Substation automation
EG 27-13 EG Protection installation, device (electric)
EG 27-14 EG Electrical installation, device
EG 27-15 EG Analysis technology, device
EG 27-16 EG Overhead line technology
EG 27-18 EG Electrical cabinet, housing, rack
EG 27-20 EG Measurement technology, process measurement technology
EG 27-21 EG Signal processing
EG 27-22 EG Actuator
EG 27-23 EG Process control system (PCS)
EG 27-24 EG Control
EG 27-26 EG Component (electric)
EG 27-27 EG Binary sensor technology, safety-related sensor technology
EG 27-28 EG Identification
EG 27-31 EG Image analysis
EG 27-32 EG Industrial weighting technology
EG 27-33 EG Display and control component
EG 27-37 EG Low-voltage switch techbology
EG 27-38 EG Robotics, assembly
EG 27-39 EG Property, access monitor
EG 27-40 EG Electrical insulation and connecting material
EG 27-42 EG Electronic coil and filter
EG 27-43 EG Cable, pipe, hose lying (electric installation)
EG 27-44 EG Connector system
CEG CAx CEG Computer-Added-x
CEG DEG CEG Digital Expert Group
CEG BIM CEG Building Information Modelling
CEG AML CEG AutomationML
CEG CSE CEG Cross-Segment Structure Elements

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