A technical explanation of the ETIM Standard

This section explains the ETIM data model and data exchange formats in more detail for anyone who wishes to implement ETIM data into their Product Information Management (PIM) system, web site or other digital business processes.

You’ll find information on:

  1. Structure of the ETIM data model
  2. Classification Management Tool (CMT) and BMECat
  3. Top Tips for ETIM readiness

Introducing the ETIM data model

ETIM is the international data model for the standardisation and classification of technical product data. It is a logical, unambiguous classification or taxonomy which is both manufacturer and system independent.

ETIM is designed to facilitate the smooth transfer of product data through the supply chain, without any re-working or re-keying, ready to be served up on a website, printed catalogue or BIM product data template.

Thus, the ETIM model includes the most important technical characteristics required for a buyer or specifier to find and select the correct product.

Automatic translations

One major advantage of ETIM is that it is multilingual.  All elements of the ETIM standard are created in three core or base languages which are open for anyone to use:

  1. German
  2. Dutch
  3. ETIM English

Each country translates ETIM into its own language(s) using local terminology. In general, with the exception of the three listed above, these translations are only available to members of the appropriate national ETIM organisation.

As the ETIM English version (or ‘System English’ as it is often referred to) is not necessarily created by native/UK-based speakers, the sector lead organisations in UK have created an English (UK) translation of the standard for use by UK manufacturers, wholesalers and merchants.

The English (UK) version of ETIM, which is significantly different from the standard ETIM English version, is only available to members of ETIM UK.

Globally consistent

The structure and content of the ETIM data model is identical in all member countries. An ETIM Class, for example, has exactly the same features, with the same Identifier Codes, in every country.