Intellinet EPC: The Standard Dimension for Spare Part OEMs
by Intellinet May 31, 2018
Selling spare parts and accessories is one of the more profitable areas of the automotive business. If you are a manufacturer, distributor, wholesaler or dealer who supplies and sells parts to dealers, fleets, service workshops, independent retailers and consumers, as it’s a competitive market.
In intelli’s electronic part catalogue platform feature an easy-to-use interface for direct data entry, most of customers unlock value by leveraging existing sources of data already used by their organizations. The software is also best for integration and consolidation for bringing together all the vital project data that will result in greater speed and accuracy in reporting across all the aspects of portfolio management, project control and management of the complete contract.
Multiple search options
Besides part number, parts can be also be located by searching for a single category or a combination of them. These include vehicle type, model, parts description, code, stock number, production date, chassis number, vehicle identification number (VIN), engine number, registration number and a variety of other ways. Alternatively, customers can drill down through the Explorer-style navigation tree from vehicle type to model details, to parts categories and then to individual parts, accessories and vehicle options.
Dealer system integration
If illustrated part catalogue is integrated with the DMS and/or to the distributor’s spare parts system, stock availability from one or both can be displayed. The decision to supply from dealer stock or distributor stock can be based on the customer’s delivery requirements and can be made during and as part of the order transaction. It can calculate taxes and shipping charges that need to be paid and inform the customer of these costs at order time, streamlining the whole process of invoicing and account settlement.
The back-end web services provide integration points to the business systems your organization already runs. Digital part catalogue simplifies the publishing and maintenance of parts catalogs, makes it easy for dealers to find parts.
Illustrated part catalogue have some unique features like illustrated diagram of parts, hyperlinked parts descriptions and comprehensive search facilities so that dealers can search the right part.
Along with hotspot diagrams, hyperlinks and search facilities, it has additional features to assist dealers in an innovative ways. One can publish model photographs, exploded engine, diagrams, wiring schematics and other illustrations that have clickable hotspots. A customer simply moves the mouse pointer over a diagram and clicks on an area of interest to navigate to the next level.
Zooming in on the details
Hotspots can link directly to other diagrams or to detailed descriptions. For example, a customer can click on an engine piston ring and immediately see its specifications, the default quantity and related parts bulletins. That makes it much easier for a user to identify the correct part and quantity. Parts descriptions can include a wide range of information. You can include price and availability information, special offers and deals, news about coming products, bulletins about regulatory issues, detailed specifications of tolerances, fitting instructions, guidance on techniques and tools, and any additional information deemed as useful or important. To allow information to be passed on to third parties, any image can be printed in either high or low resolution together with the associated search details for later reference.
Dealers Portal and Access
Intellinet has also developed a new and improved automotive dealer portal. The corporation of dealers and manufactures mainly focus on the areas of spare parts ordering, parts supply chain and warranty claims processing. These processes are usually done by sending documents with long lists of vehicles or spare parts order items. In the absence of any online automated method, manufacturers and dealers need to keep each others’ data and documents redundantly in separate systems and folders. This form of work is time taking and is ineffective, in which every time there are chances of many misunderstandings and errors.
A seamless integration of these business processes can be established through the automotive dealer portal. This automotive dealer portal can be operated by, manufactures, importer or wholesale dealers. The automotive dealer portal offers role-based and web-enabled user interfaces and functionality of Vehicle Management System, Sales & Distribution (SD) module and Warranty module – tailored for dealers. Dealers just need internet access and a folder to keep downloaded files safe.
Every good hacker story ends with the line: “and then he’s got root access to your network and can do whatever he wants.” But the story really doesn’t end there. This is just the beginning of the real damage that the hacker can inflict.
Most information security entities concentrate on perimeter security to keep hackers away from gaining internal network access, the potential for real financial loss comes from the risk of hackers acting as authorized users to generate damaging transactions within business.
The continued integration of digital part catalogue only increases the risk of both hackers who break through perimeter security and insiders who abuse system privileges to misappropriate assets – mainly cash through fraud ways.
Security in the e-business like integrated electronic part catalogue (EPC) world requires a unique way of thinking. Security is not just to control bits and bytes of network traffic, but about business transactions that exposes financial losses from systems, abuse and frauds.
Most organizations fail in their illustrated part catalog security implementations, because they implement systems with a plan. However, EPC projects are invariably over budget and behind schedule, so strict internal controls are often glossed over to keep costs down and make up time. Intellinet has developed strong security feature that are not present in other system software’s and this is the main reasons that makes it stand apart from others and gives the reason to choose Intellinet instead of others.
The catalogue system provides features that exceed the pure catalogue and ordering function. A special filter mechanism enables for example dealers to search for customers in their sales area that run a specific type of plant. This function may be used for optimizing the scheduling of service tasks. With the introduction of the electronic part catalogue, Intellinet has modernized and improved its after sales service. Dealer and service organizations benefit of this electronic purchase solution. Users worldwide can use the system as source of information or for fast and easy ordering twenty-four-seven. Information and data that could not be more up-to date are available in the particular national language. Identifying and ordering spare parts could not be easier.