What is a Product Data Exchange (PDX)?

Product Data Exchange Definition

Product data exchange (PDX; also known as product data eXchange) is a standard developed by NEMI that is used by supply chains to package, share, and review parts, bills of materials (BOMs), approved manufacturer lists (AMLs), engineering change orders (ECOs), documentation, drawings, and more. A PDX is based on an XML format that allows for easy sharing, review, and collaboration between OEMs, ODMs, supply chain partners, and systems (e.g., PLM, ERP). Arena provides a free solution, Arena Exchange, to allow teams to share build packages between supply chain members and view those in a free viewer.


What is product data exchange in CAD?

CAD data exchange is a drawing data exchange mechanism that is used to translate between different CAD authoring systems or between CAD and other downstream CAx systems. Many businesses use a variety of CAD systems and share CAD data files with suppliers, customers, and subcontractors.

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Why is CAD data exchange necessary?

CAD data exchange enables organizations to share designs with external suppliers, subcontractors, and design partners while accommodating different CAD systems and file formats.

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What are commonly used data exchange formats?

Common CAD data exchange formats are:

  • Hardcopy or image (i.e., TiFF, GIF, JPEG, BMP, and PCX)
  • Neutral (i.e., DXF, VDA-FS, PDES, STEP, Parasolid, and IGES)
  • Third-party translators

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