Exciting Announcement

Rockwell Automation Has Acquired Plex Systems

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) for Automotive

Built-in, not bolted-on

Secure, Seamless Collaboration with the Automotive Supply Chain

Improve your supplier rating, reduce the need to expedite shipments, increase overall customer satisfaction, avoid shipment penalties and achieve competitive differentiation with an integrated Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) solution – while complying with industry EDI guidelines.

At a Glance

  • Comply with full release accounting and retro-invoicing requirements in accordance with Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) guidelines
  • Adhere to Materials Management Operations Guidelines and Logistics Evaluation (MMOG/LE) supply chain guidelines
  • Print accurate barcode labels for containers, racks, skids, pallets and parts as well as for parts on the shop floor and in WIP
  • Forecast and comply with sales order replacement logic
  • Accurately calculate and communicate net changes, ahead/behind schedule tracking, blanket POs, retro-invoicing, balance & final out processing
  • Automate Advanced Ship Notifications (ASNs) and release history management
  • Confidently support cumulative quantities (CUMs) and other scheduling requirements for unique OEM-specific order processing rules
Secure, Seamless Collaboration with the Automotive Supply Chain

Adaptable, Integrated EDI is a Must in the Automotive Supply Chain

As a supplier in the Automotive supply chain, your compliance with EDI guidelines is mandatory. It is imperative that you efficiently communicate with your suppliers and customers through industry-compliant EDI. At the same time, you must effectively respond to unique business rules that different Automotive OEM/Tier 1 suppliers might have. For the automotive supplier, EDI must be a complete and integrated solution that is adaptable and seamless to support:

- Multiple EDI standards including ANSI X12, EDIFACT, VDA, ODETTE and UCS
- Secure communication over multiple protocols including AS2, HTTPS, FTP, FTPS, SFTP and OFTP2
- A range of EDI document types from a library of pre-configured trading partners
- Up to hundreds of thousands of EDI messages per day globally, on a robust, proven and scalable platform
- Automatic detection and reprocessing of incomplete data
- Automated notifications in case of any communication failures or other exceptions
- Up-to-the-minute EDI communication including automated ASNs
- Multiple industry requirements: Automotive, Aerospace & Defense, High Tech, Rubber & Plastics, Consumer Products, Big Box Retail and Food & Beverage
- Enterprise deployment for cost-effective communication across multiple manufacturing facilities, without going out through an external Value-Adding Network (VAN)

Plex EDI Scales with Your Business

Plex EDI is a fully integrated EDI system designed to improve your collaboration with your customers and suppliers for orders, releases, shipments and more. Supporting the automatic, real-time exchange of electronic documents, Plex EDI fully complies with standards for paperless communication with trading partners in just-in-time (JIT) implementations. Moreover, this integrated Plex EDI functionality is included in your Plex Manufacturing Cloud subscription at no additional cost.

Through its vast and varied library of trading partners’ underlying logic and document types, Plex EDI has the right business collaboration solution for you. It doesn’t matter if your trading partners use a unique identifier across multiple EDI communications for the same transaction, or if you are required to keep track of shipments in a cumulative manner, Plex EDI helps you conduct business across multiple countries, networks and trading partners with ease and confidence.

As a cloud-based solution, Plex EDI is designed to handle volume and will scale to grow with your business. It supports automated transaction processing and escalation handling for exceptions. Consistent with its commitment to continuous innovation and delivery, Plex EDI is a single, common system that makes customization done for one trading partners available to all Plex subscribers. Because Plex is always current with Automotive industry EDI changes, you don’t have to deal with multiple vendors for supply chain, support and configurations.

Explore the full suite of Plex Products to find out how a single unified platform can help you manage your manufacturing operations and deliver a competitive edge to your business in the Automotive supply chain- .

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Plex is Built for Manufacturers

  • Smart Manufacturing Solutions

    Smart manufacturing solutions are not all the same. For example, historical ERP software solutions involve painful implementation projects followed by challenging periodic updates – often forcing companies to go years without updating their ERP system. Meanwhile, these same companies lose value day after day as new features and functions elude them, only implemented with the next painful ‘big bang’ upgrade.

    Smart manufacturing technology from Plex takes a different approach. No more waiting. No more upgrades. New features are added daily to a single line of code, shared instantly with all Plex customers. Those customers not only realize renewed value daily, but share best practices real time with other peer Plex customers, all of whom have access to exactly the same features, functions and capabilities enabled by a true, single software code SaaS cloud offering.

    Smart manufacturing should truly be just that; solutions. Manufacturers are often tempted by vendors touting strong financial, accounting, and even retail ERP software solutions and systems. None of these, however, do the one thing they need particularly well – manufacturing.

    Plex is different, offering the only smart manufacturing solution built from the ground up in the cloud and focused exclusively on manufacturing. At Plex, we know manufacturing isn’t just part of the business: manufacturing is the business. Plex smart manufacturing solutions are purpose-built to fit your manufacturing business needs, evolving with you while adding value daily.

    Smart manufacturing technology is not all the same. Plex can help you be different. Find out how.

  • ERP System

    Manufacturers have moved beyond the need for non-integrated point solutions to solve their challenges – they require a true ERP system. Beyond individual, bolt-on products, an ERP system enables connectivity between companies, their customers and their suppliers.

    An ERP system must fit the business needs of a given company, while offering a broad array of capabilities designed for that business. With an eye toward the future, the right ERP system gives companies the power to scale at their pace while adding constant value in real time.

    Move your business forward with a true ERP system. Find out how.


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