A Groundbreaking Opportunity - Volunteer for a PIE Work Group!

PIE Work Groups identify the appropriate attributes and schema for new product categories that will be made available to authorized participating distributors through the PIE Technology Platform. PIE is a cloud-based platform for the exchange of rich product content between manufacturers and distributors.

Using the established PIE Template, working groups will identify the attributes, taxonomy and/or schema for specific PT/MC product categories. This is a prime opportunity for PTDA members to harness your industry knowledge and experience with others in the PT/MC arena who have a valued interest in providing tools and resources to streamline the industrial supply chain.  

Commitment:  4-6 months depending; monthly 1- 1.5 hour Teams calls

Submit a volunteer interest form to add yourself to a work group interest list . (You will be able to select which product categories you are interested in developing.) We are seeking subject matter experts to develop the following future product categories once a current workgroup completes a template:

  • Gearing (open/closed)
  • Adjustable/Variable speed drives
  • Motor/Motion Control
  • Clutches & Brakes

Note: Some of the above categories may be broken down into additional product templates. Only employees of PTDA member companies can participate.

Work Group responsibilities include:

  • Identify the taxonomy (products included in the product category)
  • Determine which of the already existing attributes in the PIE Template apply to each product
  • Add any new attributes that may not yet be in the PIE Template
  • Indicate which attributes apply to which products (schema)
  • Identify attribute type (global, product)
  • Ensure all 13 required fields are included
  • Identify data type (e.g., integer, string, etc.)
  • Identify attribute type as global or SKU (product) only
  • Identify if the attribute can contain multiple values
  • May need to identify minimum and maximum value
  • May need to identify minimum and maximum length
  • Identify if attribute value is validated against a List of Values
  • Identify if attribute Unit of Measure is from a defined list of Unit of Measure

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Interested in participating in a working group to develop a product template? 

Contact PTDA staff at [email protected] or +1.312.526.2100.

You can join the list of member companies that helped set the standard for the rich content product data and attributes available to participating distributors through PIE.