A Qualifier Database (Qdb) is
supplied to help standardize terminology within the industry and reduce the
number of potentially confusing free-text expressions found in applications.
Qualifiers not covered by a vehicle attribute will be contained in the Qdb. In
general, only individual qualifiers are stored in the table. You can create
compound expressions by joining multiple entries from this table. A placeholder
(i.e. parameter) will replace variable data found in a qualifier. This
mechanism greatly reduces the number of qualifiers stored in the table.
Reasons for having “Coded
Faster selection of the
correct part at the counter. If the
terminology is standardized and the presentation of complex qualifiers is also
standardized, there should be less training and experience required to
under-stand and use the catalog.
More sophisticated data
management opportunities. If all data
is coded, it should be easier to match information from different sources. This
might include OE data and VIO (vehicles in operation) data, for example. If you
can match this information accurately, you should be able to make better
product management decisions.
translation. If all qualifiers are
coded, it helps facilitate a centralized translation effort. Without a
centralized Qdb, each sender would need to translate qualifier data