SDX Multi-Enterprise Platform

Connecting You to Everything That Matters in Your Extended Supply Chain

E2E Visibility. Collaborate with sites, Tier 1-N suppliers and customer on the purchase and supply of common metals, plastics, chemicals, fasteners, and electronic components.

About

SDX is a cloud-based multi-enterprise platform (delivered in a SaaS model) that provides end-to-end visibility and control over the raw materials and off-the-shelf components that flow into outsourced assemblies and parts. All without requiring anyone to modify, replace, or integrate our solution with existing ERP or legacy IT systems. As OEMs have outsourced more and more production over the past 20 years, visibility into raw material inputs by Tier 1- N Tier suppliers has become muddled at best. Our platform facilitates collaboration between the manufacturer, its contract manufacturers and the distributors and mills upon whom they rely, to deliver a refreshingly simply and elegant solution for extended enterprise collaboration . Whether you are an Original Equipment Manufacturer trying to manage a large, globally distributed manufacturing supply chain or a large distributor of raw materials and component parts attempting to provide goods that meet increasingly stringent customer cost and service level requirements, everyone knows that leveraging new technologies to enhance Customer-Supplier relationships in the raw material supply chain is imperative. Everyone also knows that it’s a challenge to obtain good raw material data (for parts containing metals, electronic components, plastics, fasteners, etc.) and to keep it up-to-date and accurate over time. Unresponsive sub-tier suppliers, unstructured data, new part Introductions, design changes to existing parts, and transitions from one contract manufacturer to another all have a way of frustrating your efforts or changing a previously accurate bill-of-material. Given the complexity, this is no place for spreadsheets or (for heaven's sake) "don't even talk to me about something that will require me to change my existing ERP or legacy IT systems!" Right? In contrast to linear demand planning processes that depend on individual n-tier suppliers to manually report raw material requirements, SDX: (1) delivers reliable, structured information about the raw materials and processes that go into manufactured parts irrespective of where parts are made. Information is derived directly from engineering drawings and other technical data meaning you don't have to ask your suppliers for it. (2) dynamically detects activities that might change a bill-of-material, alerts appropriate stakeholders, and pushes updates to raw material forecasts and change requests to affected parties across the extended raw material supply chain. No more armies of people or "mother-of-all-spreadsheets" needed to keep tabs on your bills of material. As a single system of truth, SDX serves as the digital thread connecting stake holders in the raw material supply chain in ways that puts no single stakeholder at risk and that encourages meaningful collaboration through all tiers of the supply chain. Customer Use SDX to: - Forecast raw material requirements - enhance on-time-delivery - assemble “smart RFQs” whereby “part families” and consolidated material requirements can be matched to supplier capabilities -anticipate supply disruptions across the extended raw material value chain (weeks and months before you would otherwise detect them) ensuring that material inputs are never the reason parts are late -Standardize material-inputs (by size and specification) -Keep bills-of-materials up-to-date and accurate over time even in an atmosphere of frequent new product introductions (NPIs), part transitions and engineering changes to existing parts - Feed part & assembly “should-costs models” -Reduce speculative inventories, raw material lead-times, and part cycle times -Anticipate and address proactively end-of-life issues for parts -Design scrap and revert collection programs -Benchmark metals and outside special process pricing -Hedge chemical elements

Key Benefits

1. forecast raw material requirements across the extended enterprise 2. improve on-time-delivery for materials and component parts 3. assemble “smart RFQs” whereby “part families” and consolidated material requirements can be matched to supplier capabilities 4. anticipate supply disruptions across the extended raw material value chain (weeks and months before you would otherwise detect them) ensuring that material inputs are never the reason parts are late 5. Standardize material-inputs (by size and specification) 6. Keep bills-of-materials up-to-date and accurate over time even in an atmosphere of frequent new product introductions (NPIs), part transitions and engineering changes to existing parts 7. feed part & assembly “should-costs models” 8. reduce speculative inventories, raw material lead-times, and part cycle times 9. anticipate and address proactively end-of-life issues for parts 10. design scrap and revert collection programs 11. benchmark metals and outside special process pricing 12. hedge chemical elements 13. monitor Tier-Tier n supplier compliance with directed buy programs or regulatory requirements (i.e. ITAR, REACH, RoHS)

Applications

Management of the common raw material requirements associated with any distributed manufacturing environment. Facilitation of "directed-buy" sourcing activities. Forecasting and monitoring of the timely purchase and supply of raw materials (metals, plastics, electronic components, etc.)

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