Modelling a New Product Model on the Basis of an Existing STEP Application Protocol


  • B.-R. Hoehn
  • K. Steingroever
  • M. Jaros



data exchange, product model, gear data, STEP


During the last years a great range of computer aided tools has been generated to support the development process of various products. The goal of a continuous data flow, needed for high efficiency, requires powerful standards for the data exchange. At the FZG (Gear Research Centre) of the Technical University of Munich there was a need for a common gear data format for data exchange between gear calculation programs. The STEP standard ISO 10303 was developed for this type of purpose, but a suitable definition of gear data was still missing, even in the Application Protocol AP 214, developed for the design process in the automotive industry. The creation of a new STEP Application Protocol or the extension of existing protocol would be a very time consumpting normative process. So a new method was introduced by FZG. Some very general definitions of an Application Protocol (here AP 214) were used to determine rules for an exact specification of the required kind of data. In this case a product model for gear units was defined based on elements of the AP 214. Therefore no change of the Application Protocol is necessary. Meanwhile the product model for gear units has been published as a VDMA paper and successfully introduced for data exchange within the German gear industry associated with FVA (German Research Organisation for Gears and Transmissions). This method can also be adopted for other applications not yet sufficiently defined by STEP. 


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Author Biographies

B.-R. Hoehn

K. Steingroever

M. Jaros




How to Cite

Hoehn, B.-R., Steingroever, K., & Jaros, M. (2005). Modelling a New Product Model on the Basis of an Existing STEP Application Protocol. Acta Polytechnica, 45(3).