JAMA’s measures to develop and promote EDI standardization

JAMA standard forms are applicable to – spot orders, delivery orders, receipts for delivery, and acceptance in the transaction of mass production of parts, assembly parts, repair parts, and automotive supplies. In order to smoothly transition from the currently used forms to JAMA standard forms, in addition to setting the scope of common transaction items, a free range is also set for the operator who receives and sends orders. JAMA adopt internationally approved QR barcodes, which are standard two-dimensional codes. It can quickly, and accurately read information in one scan.

Why EDI standardization formulated?

In August 2000, JAMA formulated the EDI standardization promotion policy. It stipulated from 2003, the international standards for the automotive industry-UN / EDIFACT (United Nations rules for EDI for Administration Commerce and Transport) were applied. This policy was formulated for the following reasons –

First, from the perspective of international development trends, the EDI standard will be unified as EDIFAC.

Second, the European and American automotive industries (USA: AIAG, Europe: ODETTE) have also decided to adopt EDIFACT, and are applied to actual business. Furthermore, from the formulation of standardization activity guidelines, empirical experiments, and preparations for the implementation of each OEM from the beginning of 2000, it is more appropriate to apply from 2003.

Levels of EDI agreement

In November 2002, JAMA software began to publish EDI data and form-related information on the webpage (including 14 domestic auto manufacturers to be applied). And each member company officially began to apply the international standard UN / EDIFACT in 2003. The EDI agreement is divided into the following four levels –

  • Level 1 Information transmission protocol – communication protocol: agreement on the type of communication line, transmission program, etc.
  • Level 2 Information expression protocol – business agreement: a protocol that can understand standard information, data element directories, grammatical rules, and other information data through their respective computers.
  • Level 3 business operation agreement – protocols related to business processing method / protocol related to system operation.
  • Level 4 Basic Transaction Agreement – Basic Transaction Agreement / Data Exchange Agreement: Agreement establishing legitimacy of EDI transactions.

Conclusion: Usefulness of JAMA software

Since 1998, the following goals to carry out EDI standardization activities have been settled by JAMA. Define procedures for business transactions in the automotive industry. Establish an industry-standard EDI system for automotive and component manufacturers. Promote the entire industry to conduct business transactions through electronic information exchange, and improve the efficiency of order receiving and dispatching. The automotive industry can respond to electronic information exchange requirements from other industries and overseas customers.

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