EDI

Electronic Data Interchange

Fast, efficient, secure – ContiTech uses Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) to improve electronic data exchange with customers, partners and suppliers. The goal: More efficient communication and automatic forwarding of orders, delivery notes or invoices. You can find out more here.

Function and advantages of EDI

EDI is a process for structured electronic data exchange. Communication is transmitted via VAN, ISDN+OFTP or SMTP. Not only is this efficient, it also integrates business processes, thereby facilitating long-term customer/supplier relationships with a true spirit of partnership. What’s more, business messages – delivery call-offs, orders, delivery notes or invoices – can be automatically forwarded, which also makes processes faster, leaner and more efficient.

The advantages in detail:

  • Fewer interfaces
  • Optimized processes
  • Higher degree of automation
  • Reduced costs
  • Fast placement of orders, ensuring that deadlines
    for cash discounts are adhered to


How it works:

EDI messages are always generated and processed in several phases. In the first phase, the data needed for the message (e.g. an order) is automatically retrieved from an internal application and converted into a standard EDI message. The message is then transmitted to the business partner, where it is received and converted into a specific in-house format.

 

How EDI communication works:
 

EDI communication


EDI: Use at ContiTech

ContiTech sets very great store by standardized data flow for all channels of communication. All message flows comply with the respective internationally recognized EDI-transfer standards for the specific functions involved. Here, we make use of the following formats:

  • ANSI X.12 (standard used primarily in America)
  • EDIFACT (EANCOM)
  • Odette (standard in the European auto industry)
  • Verband der Automobilindustrie 
    (VDA - German Association of the Automotive Industry)


Examples of technical information: 

Message standards used at ContiTech
 
ANSI X12
EDIFACT
ODETTE
VDA
Delivery call-offs
830
DELFOR
DELINS
4905
JIT call-offs
862
DELJIT
DELINS
4915
Credit notes
861
INVOIC
INVOIC
4908
Delivery notes
856
DESADV
AVIEXP
4913
Invoices
810
INVOIC
INVOIC
4906
 
Format-comparison of message standards at ContiTech
 
ANSI X12
EDIFACT
ODETTE
VDA
Format
variable
variable
variable
fixed, 128 Bytes
Separators
yes
yes
yes
no
Character set
ASCII
ASCII
ASCII
EBCDIC
Service segments
ISA, IEA
GS, GE
ST, SE
UNx
UNx
xx1, xx9
 

How to use EDI for communication with ContiTech

We want to permanently improve our joint business processes. We will be happy to advise you on using EDI at your company, or on adapting EDI for communication with our company.


 

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