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Automating Equipment Information Exchange (AEX)

Project Status

To date, the AEX project has delivered XML equipment specifications, detailed object information models and example files for centrifugal pumps, centrifugal fans, centrifugal compressors, reciprocating compressors, electric motors, air cooled heat exchangers, shell and tube heat exchangers, control valves, and numerous other types of valves. Work is currently underway to support equipment critical to the nuclear power industry, such as motorized valve operators, circuit breakers, emergency diesel generators, and transformers. Equipment to be considered for future endeavors includes electrical gear, positive displacement pumps, vertical pumps, air cooled chillers, water cooled chillers, and rooftop cooling units.

2009

  • Focus is on industry adoption of AEX and deployment in commercial software and industry standards, through development of industry tutorials, example files, software tools and expanded interoperability demonstrations.
  • Collaborative effort underway with EPRI to develop open-source software application tools to facilitate the adoption and extension of AEX equipment schemas to support data exchanges for equipment needed in power plants.
  • Hydraulic Institute draft standard, HI 50.7, is currently under review for adoption. The Standard specifies the use of AEX for the electronic data exchange of pump information and specifies conformance levels and test suite for assessing compliance by software implementations.
  • Goals: Initiate new pilot projects with project sponsors, continue to deliver new XML schemas for equipment types (member project participants set priorities), engage equipment suppliers and manufacturers develop AEX schemas to meet power industry requirements, and collaborate with allied organizations to adopt and deploy AEX.

2008

  • Hydraulic Institute, American Petroleum Institute / Subcommittee on Mechanical Equipment and American Society of Mechanical Engineers / ASME B.73 adopted the AEX specifications as the basis for their electronic data exchange for pumps.
  • Delivered XML schemas for additional equipment types, such as fans, compressors, and motors.
  • Completed XML schemas for HVAC equipment.
  • Expanded participation in the AEX project, with an emphasis on power facilities.
  • Continued collaboration with the ADI Project, API, HI, PIP and the National Building Information Model Standard initiative.
  • Moved to operational capabilities in pump supply chains.
  • Expanded collaboration with equipment suppliers and industry associations.
  • Completed pilot project with KBR involving heat exchanger datasheet information shared between software applications.