Proplanet and etim

ProPlanet stood at the base of the current ETIM-article classification and is in this field still leading in the construction and installation industry.


By dividing all articles into classes and connect those classes with features it is possible to:

exchange product data between manufacturer, wholesaler and installer based on search items of typical product characteristics.


In the meantime  various organizations have developed a variety of standards and formats of exchange in this field.


international use

The fundamental idea is the international use of a standard ETIM classification model for technical products.


The integration of the ETIM structure in international companies against the background of globalisation, only makes sense when the application can be carried out internationally long-term. Suppliers and wholesalers alike see a strategic option to standardize the flow of data and exchange the article information between the countries as far as centrally administered databases for all available products.


ETIM International is the international standardization committee for ETIM and is founded to join forces in the development, maintenance, publishing and promotion of one ETIM Model for the classification of technical products. The long-term goal of ETIM International is to achieve that the ETIM model becomes the most used technical information model in the involved industries.


ETIM is language independent, so it is easy to exchange product files between different counties. 

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exchange formats


Within the installation sector several formats are used for the electronic exchange of data.

These are the most applied standards in Europe:


BMEcat: XML-format for exchanging product catalogues. This international applicable standard makes it possible to exchange article information and classification as well as product structures. The electro technical sector in Germany has set up some additional guidelines for its application.


Pricat: format for exchanging price lists between suppliers and customers. The format can be applied in both Edifact as well as XML implementation. An appliance guideline has been drawn up especially for the Dutch installation sector. With this format only general product information, including prices, can be exchanged.


PAB: ASCII-format for exchanging article files in the Netherlands. With this format both article information as well as article classification can be exchanged.


ICM: ASCII-format for sending orders from installers to wholesalers in the Netherlands.


ICB: ASCII-format for order confirmation from wholesalers to installers in the Netherlands.


ICC: ASCII-format for exchanging price conditions between wholesalers and installers in the Netherlands.


FEG: ASCII-format for exchanging prices in the Dutch installation sector. This format only allows a very limited exchange of information. However, due to its history and simplicity this format is still frequently used.


Eldanorm: ASCII-format for exchanging article information in the German installation sector.


Datanorm: ASCII-format for exchanging article information in Germany.


Bellidic: ASCII-format where administrative data and documents in an agreed upon standardised format are exchanged via the Web between wholesalers and manufacturers in Belgium.


Prodat: format for exchanging product data, among which the classifications. Because of its complexity this format is barely applied.