Special Characteristics (SC) are product characteristics and/or process characteristics that may have an impact on Functional Safety (operational safety and safety in use), compliance with official regulations, function, performance, fit, appearance or further processing of the product [cf. TS 16949, VDA 4.3, VDA 6.1]. By being used early in the development process, the Special Features help to ensure robust designs and controlled processes. Dealing with them is especially required in the automotive sector.
With PLATO Special Characteristics you can identify these characteristics systematically, comprehensibly and transparently in the PLATO e1ns data model. It is based on the VDA "Process Description of Special Characteristics (SC)".
Special Characteristics are a subset of the totality of all characteristics that require special care in the development and manufacturing process. For identification purposes, Special Characteristics are marked, for example, with CC, SC, DZ, CZ, D, L, F, and many more. Companies use different designations.