(EDI) Electronic Data Interchange

In the late 1960s, companies began developing in-house computer systems and internal networks to streamline business functions. OEMs and suppliers developed proprietary systems in the 1970s, but these required suppliers to maintain different electronic data interchange (EDI) rules and data formats with each customer, a very costly and time-consuming endeavor. The industry needed a standard set of formats and protocols for effective and efficient electronic commerce.

After thorough technical reviews of all options, AIAG elected to adopt the American National Standards Institutes ASC X12 protocol with its variable length format. AIAG then worked with our sister organizations in Europe (Odette International) and Japan (JAMA, JAPIA) to harmonize this standard globally. AIAG subsequently published the industry’s first global EDI Implementation Guideline.

AIAG’s work in EDI created shorter lead times, more inventory turns, reduced cost of data entry, fewer data entry errors, better scheduling, faster release processing, and increased productivity. Since 1982, AIAG helped companies correctly implement EDI through its implementation guideline and training. As a result of consistently deployed EDI, an AIAG member company study estimated a savings of $71 per vehicle and overall industry savings of about $1 billion per year.

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The planner provides a "step by step" approach detailing chronological order for addressing a wide variety of functions, including from budgetary planning, software selection, collaborating with trading partners and new implementation task.


Documents process of using the World Wide Web (Web) for Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), outlines the framework of Web EDI, presents the business case, and highlights methods of using Web EDI.


This document includes key milestones; how EDI added value, reduced cost and improved throughout in business. Additionally, it captures the evolvement of EDI on an international level, reveals important factors influencing decisions, and explains the user benefits.

Guide provides documentation of the financial activities associated with the procurement and payment business process.


Provides a description of baseline EDI concepts from the perspective of the truck & heavy equipment industry and a series of summaries of potential EDI activities for today's business environment.


Document identifies existing/emerging telecommunication and network options, including: verify/summarize current OEM supply chain management business processes, and EDI and CAD/CAE/CAM connectivity requirements/specifications.

Is a joint effort of AIAG, JAMA/JAPIA and Odette to elaborate a harmonized electronic delivery forecast message as common standard for a global use in the automotive industry.


Provides recommended business practices and technical guidelines for using the UN/EDIFACT DELJIT message.


Additional document that provides recommended business practices and technical guidelines.


Provides recommended business practices and technical guidelines for the use of the UN/EDIFACT DESADV message in automotive electronic business-transactions. DESADV message corresponds to the ASC X12 856 Despatch Advice message.


The guideline documents various business scenarios, activities, and data requirements as UML models mapped to the UN/EDIFACT messages. The guideline covers the receipt process and its variance including reporting of discrepancies associated with the receipt of goods.

These companies participated in this work group:

Participants

Current Participants

  • Allyson Transmission
  • ArvinMeritor
  • BCE Emergis
  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • Chrysler Group LLC
  • Covisint
  • CTS Corp.
  • Cummins, Inc.
  • Dana Corp.
  • Delphi
  • Eaton Corp.
  • E-Business Consulting, LLC
  • Ford Motor Co.
  • Freightliner
  • Future Three
  • General Motors Co.
  • The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
  • Gunite Corp.
  • Haldex Brake Products Corp.
  • Harbinger
  • Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc.
  • IBM Corp.
  • Infor Global Solutions
  • International Truck & Engine
  • J.D. Edwards
  • JAMA
  • JAPIA
  • Lear Corp.
  • LTV Steel
  • Mack Trucks
  • Odette International
  • Oracle
  • PeopleSoft, Inc.
  • QAD
  • Robert Bosch, LLC
  • Seeburger International
  • Sterling Commerce
  • Supply Tech
  • Universal Computer Application
  • Volvo Truck North America, Inc.

Program Director: Mr. Lang Ware - AIAG - (248) 358-3570

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