Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is a technique for electronic exchange of documents such as orders, delivery notes and invoices. The electronic exchange of documents minimizes the number of failures and increases the speed of processing.

Because the documents have to comply to standard templates this technique is mainly used for recurrent transactions. One of the standard templates that is being used worldwide is the EDIFACT standard. EDIFACT (designed by the United Nations) stands for Electronic Data Interchange For Administration, Commerce and Transport. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) adopted this standard under number ISO 9735 (in the year 2008 version 2002).

The standard describes the lay-out of the message used for electronic data exchange and has the goal to minimize the written transactions. Although mainly used within Europe, this standard is more and more being adopted world wide.

The messages enable various computer programs (each with its own standard) to communicate with each other anyway. A translation takes place both on senders’ and receiver’s side of the message and the EDIFACT information will be transformed to or from the ERP-program that usually works with other standards.

Currently Air Spiralo® offers or processes the following types of EDI-messages:
    • Orders (ORDERS, D96A)
    • Delivery notes (DESADV, D96A)
    • Invoices (INVOIC, D96A)

Apart from the use of a standard template a communication protocol should be defined to exchange messages. Air Spiralo® prefers the following protocols: