Process communication and data exchange within the automotive industry supply chain are supported by EDI standards and labels. The software provides a converter as an integrated part of the ERP system. It covers all standards (EDIFACT, ANSI, Odette, VDA, Galia and others) as well as specialist processes such as MAIS (GM), BeLOM (BMW) and AMES-T (VW). The specific development processes with external service providers (ESP), vendor logistics centres (LLZ) or consignment are also created.
Vehicle manufacturers increasingly assign tasks to the supplier industry. The OEMs require a full-service quote for design, prototyping and mass production to after-market services. At the same time, manufacturers are pursuing a modular strategy with complex components. The level of responsibility of tier-1 and system suppliers is increasing; simultaneously, long-term interdependency is developing. As a consequence, the stability of processes and supplier relations is becoming increasingly important. PSIpenta provides supply chain management components to support both the purchasing and sales sides of electronic data interchange in the automotive supply chain.
Individual business processes (delivery call, just-in-time call, production-synchronous call, dispatch notification etc.) can be defined for each outline agreement and customer or supplier. The credit note procedure is fully supported. The processing of data can be automated. The agreed packing material is also managed for each blanket order and taken into account for deliveries (generation of shipping lines).
The software also covers all current procedures and processes on the purchasing side. Continuous call-offs are established for the basic contracts at specified requirement deadlines with the relevant quantities. By providing supply previews, suppliers can be supported with their own planning. The actual deadline and quantity required are communicated in delivery calls.
Shipping and production are controlled using the running total of receipts and shippings. Immediate requirements and backlogs are identified using this method, even if they are not directly noted in the incoming call-off. Additionally, all call-offs are saved in the history. This enables, among other things, call-off fluctuations to be analysed in terms of percentages or thresholds. This function can also be used as a basis for follow-up negotiations.
To improve administration, a distinction is made between the running total of receipts and shippings. The vendor's' individual requirements are communicated electronically. The vendor confirms the ability to deliver via delivery notifications. PSIpenta enables the following to be automatically generated: delivery calls, conversion of call-offs into the required EDI format, conversion of dispatch notifications, goods receipt including packing material and empties shipping. Discrepancies between the delivery call and the delivery notification can be seen at a glance. Goods receipt can be simplified using mobile data collection equipment.
The software keeps a price history with the current prices for the fixed periods. The negotiated unit price is based on purchase quantities agreed in the outline agreement. During the course of the agreement, the underlying estimates can change, particularly in view of material prices or capacity utilisation, thus having a direct effect on the unit price. Depending on the extent of the deviation, follow-up negotiations are held and the price is corrected. On the basis of this, post invoices or credit notes are issued for the price difference.
EDI-relevant attributes are added to the delivery data. An article of the outline agreement governs the plant, unloading point and the associated packing material structures. If required, key information such as MAISPUS or KANBAN codes can be transferred. In addition to direct supplier relations, PSIpenta supports co-operation with ESP (external service provider) and LLZ (vendor logistics centre); a system for processing consignment stocks can also be designed.