Meet SDX

SDX serves as the digital thread across your distributed manufacturing network, reconnecting your finished parts with the raw materials and component parts that go into them. Coupling advanced supply chain analytics with a re-imagined approach to procurement, SDX exposes what was once invisible to enable the ‘smart’ supply chain.

Aggregate Demand
Enhance Negotiations
Anticipate Disruptions
Improve Forecasting/On-Time Delivery

Material Demand Aggregation:
Leverage Enterprise Level Purchasing Power

Gain multi-dimensional insight and leverage on common raw material and component part demand across different business units and/or sub-tier suppliers to drive volume buys, improved service levels and a plethora of other benefits.

Material Demand Aggregation

Rather than sub-tier suppliers purchasing ‘6061-T6 Aluminum Bar Rectangle’ independently, why not facilitate the purchase of common raw material through a ‘right to buy’or ‘directed buy’ contract

Control The Costs Of Your Finished Parts

FACT: 30-60% of the cost of a finished part has nothing to do with your sub-tier supplier’s labor rate, overhead or machine speeds and feeds. 

Yes, you heard that right. As much as half or more of part machined or fabricated cost is attributed to raw materials – things like metals, plastics, electronic components, and fasteners.  

And yet for many companies, the focus on performance improvement often ignores this opportunity-rich area for cost reduction – one that benefits ALL supply chain stake holders.  

Better understanding of aggregate raw material demand for critical parts equals better control of your finished part costs.

Orchestrate Interactions & Enhance Supplier Collaboration

Harness powerful SDX analytics to orchestrate better supplier negotiations and smarter sourcing strategies while enhancing supplier relationships through improved collaboration and better forecasting.

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Elevate Negotiation & Sourcing Strategies

Rather than squeezing sub-tier suppliers for more cost reductions, SDX achieves the same goal by helping supply chain stakeholders improve efficiency, reduce complexity, and lower risk. Use SDX to:

  • Create supplier Centers of Excellence for certain part families organized by common manufacturing process, special process, quality process, and raw material type
  • Evaluate and introduce the most efficient sourcing strategies, including directed buy, rebate, consignment, and re-sale
  • Minimize speculative inventories and maximize opportunities to qualify for volume discounts at mills and distributors
  • Eliminate minimum order quantities for common standard catalog parts such as fasteners, electronic components, etc.
  • Identify hidden layers of your supply chain from Tier 1-N Tier and scrutinize flows of raw material and parts from one supplier to another
Improve supplier collaboration with data analytics

Collaborate & Keep Bills of Material
Up-to-Date

When we say end-to-end supply chain visibility, we’re not kidding.

As a single system of truth, SDX serves as the digital thread between the original part design, the chemical elements that go into it, and everything in between. 

Imagine the ability to track and every Tier 1–N Tier interaction and anticipate problems before they happen. 

Supply chain stakeholders can securely login and view, edit, and validate bills of material, while SDX detects and alerts them to any changes, such as new part introductions, design changes, or part transitions. 

This means that data – your bills of material – stays fresh and accurate over time. The same can’t be said for a spreadsheet.

 

 

 

Visualize Supply & Reduce Risk

Visualize your global supply base to uncover hidden tiers of supply, as well as monitor – and mitigate – risk of supply disruptions and compliance violations.

visualize all tiers of supply chain

Visualize Your Extended Value Chain

Discover hidden tiers of supply and avoid regulatory compliance violations with insight into all levels of supply from Tier 1-N Tier, as well as distributors, mills, and manufacturers.

Drill down on individual nodes to analyze parts, materials, manufacturing capabilities, and critical dependencies.

visualization raw material supply

Monitor Compliance & Disruption Risks

Reverential integrity double-checks on your data and configurable, real-time alerts ensure that data is always accurate. Potential supply disruptions are identified and elevated weeks or months before there is a problem.

Monitor, audit, and verify the chain of custody and origin of parts and raw materials from approved sources of supply.

Improve Forecasting & Ensure Continuity of Supply

Improve multi-tier forecasting and strategic planning and curtail delays by ensuring continuity of supply.

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Multi-Tier Forecasting & Planning

Translate real-time production forecasts into raw material requirements that can be shared with mills, distributors, and other stakeholders to:

  • Reduce risk of obsolescence and speculative inventory
  • Ensure continuity of supply
  • Hedge material prices
  • Level load demand

Identify opportunities to:

  • Standardize material sizes and specifications
  • Optimize order quantities
  • Rationalize sources of supply
  • Establish equivalency relationships (those instances in which multiple parties buy the same material using different part numbers)
view supplier order variances

Ensure Continuity of Supply

Detect potential manufacturing delays and supply disruptions days, weeks, and even months before they happen.

Monitor key performance indicators to ensure smooth interactions across multiple stakeholders in your supply chain. 

Schedule and receive alerts when:

  • Raw material is not purchased within lead time
  • Sub-tier suppliers fall within the impact radius of a natural disaster
  • Credit ratings, on-time delivery performance, or quality ratings fall below acceptable standards

 

 

 

 

Material Demand Aggregation:
Leverage Enterprise Level Purchasing Power

Gain multi-dimensional insight and leverage on common raw material and component part demand across different business units and/or sub-tier suppliers to drive volume buys, improved service levels and a plethora of other benefits.

Material Demand Aggregation

Rather than sub-tier suppliers purchasing ‘6061-T6 Aluminum Bar Rectangle’ independently, why not facilitate the purchase of common raw material through a ‘right to buy’or ‘directed buy’ contract

Control The Costs Of Your Finished Parts

FACT: 30-60% of the cost of a finished part has nothing to do with your sub-tier supplier’s labor rate, overhead or machine speeds and feeds. 

Yes, you heard that right. As much as half or more of part machined or fabricated cost is attributed to raw materials – things like metals, plastics, electronic components, and fasteners.  

And yet for many companies, the focus on performance improvement often ignores this opportunity-rich area for cost reduction – one that benefits ALL supply chain stake holders.  

Better understanding of aggregate raw material demand for critical parts equals better control of your finished part costs.

Orchestrate Interactions & Enhance Supplier Collaboration

Harness the analytics housed in SDX to orchestrate new negotiation and sourcing strategies while enhancing supplier relationships through improved collaboration and better forecasting.

Improve Negotiation & Sourcing Strategies

Reduce complexity and cost throughout your entire supply network with alternative sourcing and negotiation approaches with improved data analytics from the SDX platform.
  • Create supplier Centers of Excellence as your go-to manufacturing resources among your supplier base
  • Orchestrate sub-tier sourcing strategies, including directed buy, rebate, consignment, and resale
  • Identify and address inefficient flows of material and parts from one sub-tier supplier to another

Collaborate with Supply Network

As a single system of truth, SDX serves as the digital thread between the original design and finished product throughout your supply network.

Use SDX to validate your extended bill of materials – and keep it up-to-date by providing role-based access to all sub-tier suppliers to continually validate material and part-related information.

In contrast to linear demand planning processes cascading requirements tier-by-tier, use SDX to push updates to production forecasts and change requests to selected suppliers to improve communication and collaboration.

Visualize Supply & Reduce Risk

Visualize your global supply base to uncover hidden tiers of supply, as well as monitor – and mitigate – risk of supply disruptions and compliance violations.

visualize all tiers of supply chain

Visualize Your Extended Value Chain

Discover hidden tiers of supply and avoid regulatory compliance violations with insight into all levels of supply from Tier 1-N tier, as well as distributors and mills.

Drill down on individual nodes to analyze parts, materials, manufacturing capabilities, and dependencies.

visualization raw material supply

Monitor Compliance & Disruption Risks

Configurable real-time alerts coupled with built-in checks and balances notify you of potential disruptions and minimize the time to address supply delays from natural disasters or other issues.

Monitor, audit, and verify the origin of parts and raw materials from approved sources of supply, as well as optimize pricing for parts and materials subject to regional cost pressures.

Improve Forecasting & Ensure Supply Continuity

Improve multi-tier forecasting and strategic planning, as well as curtail manufacturing delays by ensuring continuity of supply.

multi-tier forecasting

Multi-Tier Forecasting & Planning

Improve raw material and production forecasts to share with Tier 1-N tier suppliers, as well as raw material mills to reduce inventories, ensure supply continuity, and hedge material prices.

Analyze bill of materials and forecast demand to identify opportunities to:

  • Optimize like materials, dimensions, standards, grades, etc. purchased across the supply chain to reduce material costs
  • Eliminate items ordered in inefficient quantities or proprietary grades
  • Consolidate supply and suppliers to optimize efficiency

Ensure Continuity of Supply

Consider SDX an early warning system for your extended supply chain. Uncover potential manufacturing delays before they even happen. 

Monitor key sourcing metrics to ensure smooth operation of your supply chain. 

Receive alerts for a variety of scenarios that could lead to potential delays, including natural disasters, compliance violations, and status of sub-tier part or material orders. 

 

SDX is a SaaS based,multi-enterprise platform that allows unprecedented cooperation and collaboration with your supply network.

no integrations required, cloud-based

No Integrations Required

As much or as little integration with your ERP, MRP, or legacy IT systems as you’re comfortable with.

multi-enterprise design

Multi-Enterprise Design

Facilitate collaboration across business units, alliance partners, and external stakeholders. One system of truth drives optimal performance.

user-based security

Secure, Role-Based Access

Configure secure, role-based platform access based on identity, nationality, and job function.

flexible reporting framework

Flexible Reporting Framework

A robust data framework provides powerful ad-hoc reporting capabilities and iron-clad security.

reference libraries

Reference Libraries

SDX offers a comprehensive set of part, material, supplier, and product reference libraries with built-in referential integrity checks.

collaboration dashboard

Collaboration Dashboard

Rich user-interface and executive dashboard provide prescriptive vs. descriptive insights. Built-in machine learning/artificial intelligence. 

Ready to transform your supply chain? Let us show you how.