A service segment starting and uniquely identifying a message. The message type code for the Product inquiry message is PROINQ. Note: Product inquiry messages conforming to this document must contain the following data in segment UNH, composite S009: Data element 0065 PROINQ D B UN
A segment identifying names and addresses of the parties, in coded or clear form, and their functions relevant to the Product inquiry message. Identification of the requesting party and the party asked for information is mandatory for the Product inquiry message. It is recommended that where possible only the coded form of the party ID should be specified e.g. the sender and receiver of the report are known to each other, thus only the coded ID is required, but when a new address might have to be clearly specified, this should be done preferably in structured format.
A segment indicating characteristic values being physical measurements (including measurable quantities and percentages) related to specific product characteristic (e.g. voltage, percentage of material contained) and where relevant measurement ranges. The MEA segment is repeatable to allow the indication of a number of applicable measurable values, for example one electric appliance may be suitable for different voltages: V, 220V, 240V and 380V.