Automotive Industry Migrates to the New VDA Global Messages
The automotive sector operates under strict protocols that define the vehicle production chain from start to finish. The rigour with which each assembly phase is carried out depends to a great extent on the effectiveness of communications between the different partners involved in the supply chain. Electronic data interchange (EDI) is currently tending towards standardization of sector-specific VDA messages. The aim is to make the information exchange more efficient, improving the needs of OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers).
There are currently two trends in the automotive industry. On one hand, standardization of VDA messages, for which new versions have been rolled out, and on the other, the incorporation of lower-level suppliers to the information flow, to ensure traceability and the seamless exchange of information through EDI systems.
Standardization of VDA messages
VDA messages are the EDI messages used in the automotive sector and which meet the specific needs of companies in the automotive industry.
This tool enables companies that decide to incorporate new EDI messages into their communication flows with already connected partners to test and verify them independently through this portal.
Increasing numbers of manufacturers are asking their suppliers (TIER 1) to set up channels with their suppliers from lower levels (TIER 2 and TIER 3) to guarantee traceability of information and ensure that it is exchanged correctly through EDI systems. Thanks to improved traceability, business processes (orders, despatch advices, delivery notes, billing, payment to suppliers) are significantly accelerated.
The OEM or TIER 1 operator, depending on the case, provides a supplier with the Test and Certification Portal for incorporation of the new VDA message, or to include a new partner. In both cases, the trading partners carry out the necessary tests, guided and monitored by the Portal promoter and by EDICOM, until they are ready to connect with the company and enter the production phase.
Certification portals let businesses:
Ensure compliance with set standards, such as EDIFACT, VDA, X12, Odette, while also allowing the incorporation of proprietary formats, etc.
Speed up links with suppliers, thanks to the swift integration of partners or new messages or versions.
Besides, our value-added network EDICOMNet is a multi-standard network, able to route all kinds of messages (EDIFACT, X12, XML, FACTURAE, etc.), and multiprotocol, allowing access via Web services, https, FTP, x400, OFTP2, AS2 and AS4, etc.