Using EDI in the Aerospace and Defense IndustriesWe Know Your Industry

DCS has compiled a list of aerospace and defense companies that are currently EDI-active. View our list to see if any of these companies are a key customer of yours. Contact Data Communication Solutions (DCS) today and we can ask the company’s I.T. department (not the buyer) for their EDI guidelines to get the process started.

As a GS1 member, DCS knows your industry and it’s specific requirements. We bring you the most up-to-date knowledge with our weekly blog post, best paired with our years of experience.


We Know Your Industry

Evolve Using Your Existing EDI Systems

Made-to-order has long horizons and yet surprise crises. To adapt, your company has evolved unique methods that have been optimized over many years. Wide Area Work Flow (WAWF) integration and development must honor these time proven methods and yet offer cost savings for reliability and economy. The challenge is the variation each customer demands. For example, the WAWF can be automated using X12 or XML for outbound Shipment Notices (ASN, 856) and Invoices (810) to eliminate error prone data entry. Yet, low volume documents such as a contract change can be received from the website. The challenge is moving away from some tedious data entry for greater accuracy and timeliness.

The industry protocols are evolving. WAWF got a new look in February 2011 with Release 5.0. All FTP/EDI users should review the FTP/EDI changes related to Release 5.0.

EDI supports the Department of Defense’s (DoD) efforts to reduce unmatched disbursements in the DoD receipt, acceptance, entitlement and payment process through data sharing and electronic processing. The benefits to DoD are:

  • global accessibility of documents
  • reduced need for re-keying
  • improved data accuracy
  • real-time processing
  • secure transactions with audit capability

Now is the time to improve material management. At a time when prices are rising or shortages looming, an opportunity for 100% ROI is created. Automation of purchasing processes with key vendors can help you improve inventory management.  EDI and other electronic methods enable quick and reliable sending of Forecasts and Purchase Orders that fax and spreadsheets cannot do. For example, a quick and accurate P.O. Acknowledgement from a vendor alerts you that an order will be short shipped or late shipped. This gives material planners more time to find an alternate. For vendors, benefits include the capability to electronically submit invoices, reduction of lost or misplaced documents and online access to contract payment records.

DCS has extensive ASN and invoicing automation experience with ERP systems such as SAP, Oracle’s E-Business Suite or EnterpriseOne, and Infor’s LN. Our DCS specialists are EDI experienced in the defense and aerospace industries. Click here to learn more on how our services can help you with your process optimization with new EDI protocols. We also offer a no-cost assessment providing you with an outline and cost estimate on what you need to do to get the most out of your new or existing EDI system.

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