Q-DAS ASCII transfer format
The advantages of using the same data format throughout your company are self-evident: measurement data from a variety of measurement systems can be centralized without complications, allowing for consistent data management and analysis. It is also the best way to compare company-wide results, since data need not be converted, which reduces the scope for errors. This is even more effective when the measurement system manufacturer has had the Q DAS data format certified. Thanks to the successful use of this data format, a number of large companies have decided to insist on the mandatory use of this format when ordering new measurement systems.
To reduce the effort measurement system manufacturers have to put into developing customer-specific implementations, as well as the effort customers have to put into generating specifications and verifying data formats, a work group has developed a specification detailing a "Advanced Quality Data Exchange Format (AQDEF)". This work group includes representatives of the following companies: Adam Opel AG, BMW AG, Daimler AG, Ford-Werke GmbH, General Motors Company. Getrag Corporate Group, Robert Bosch GmbH, and Volkswagen AG. This means that the data interface is now largely standardized.
You can find documents by the AQDEF work group as well as detailed additional descriptions of the data format under Advanced Quality Data Exchange Format (AQDEF), and below on this page.
Q-DAS ASCII Transfer Format Manual
As of September 2015
The data format extensions from 2001 are only supported in qs-STAT version millennium and higher.
Additional information about the Quality Markup Language (QML) format can be found here.