The I++ (Inspection plus-plus) group is a loose consortium of European automobile manufacturers: Daimler, Audi, BMW, Opel, Volkswagen, Porsche, and Volvo. I++ DME is one of two current efforts pursued by the I++ group. I++ DME has demonstrable support from U.S. users and vendors of coordinate measuring machines (CMM) and CMM measurement plan execution software.
The scope of this industry-led effort is on the exchange of dimensional measuring equipment commands and results between measurement execution software and a CMM.
NIST's role is to 1) contribute to the writing of I++ DME, 2) generate conformance tests, 3) design and conduct public interoperability tests, and 4) act as standards consultants and leaders in industry standards organizations through summit meetings and other initiatives.