APPER EDI Guidelines

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between SKF and its suppliers

Get connected to SIM – in 5 simple steps

Supply Integration Manager (SIM) provides B2B communication through web client as well as through EDI (Electronic Data Interchange). The web client allows you to quickly and easily collaborate with your business partner through an internet browser without any technical hassle. With EDI it enables you to automate your business collaboration directly integrated into your own business system.

This guide is for EDI activation and therefore intended for EDI business managers and integration engineers who want to integrate with SIM. This guide assumes that the reader knows the fundamentals of EDIFACT (or any B2b specification) document structure and the mechanics of EDI interchanges.

  • Identify the workflow and select the package to utilize
  • Download the specifications that will be used and ensure feasibility
  • Get in touch with SIM integration team to set up the communication
  • Perform acceptance testing according to agreed test plan
  • Plan for go live once UAT approved by customer and supplier

Integration packages

Purchase order (SM: C)

This scope is relevant for purchase orders with a requested deliver date, in accordance with the agreed lead time, for products ordered from time to time.

Schedules (SM: C)

The supplier receives forecasts with call-off orders in a rolling supply schedule from SKF, within the agreed lead time.

Service stock at 3PL (SM: B – NSDC)

The service stock is located at a logistic provider (SKF Logistics Services or external provider).

Service stock at Supplier (SM: B – NSDC)

The service stock is located at the supplier’s site.

Communication protocol

We currently support the following protocols for communication.

  • OFTP 2.0 (highly recommended)
  • SFTP
  • AS2

If you prefer any other way of communication, please do not hesitate to let us know.