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What is a VDA 4985 Message?

The VDA 4985 message represents Just-in-time information that is sent to suppliers by their customers. These messages follow the VDA standards and are supplement documents for electronic purchasing processes based on delivery schedules commonly used in the automotive industries. The structure of the VDA 4985 message is based on EDIFACT.

The VDA 4985 can be understood as a subset of the EDIFACT DELJIT message. While the EDIFACT DELJIT message can be used independently from the industry, the VDA 4985 focuses specially to cover the automotive requirements.


The use of the VDA 4985 Message

In order to further reduce stock levels and therefore exchanging precise delivery information manufacturing companies send demand information not just on a daily basis but even more precisely on a time slot level. To achieve this they use the VDA 4985 format which consist of segments containing date, time and quantity information for required materials.

The VDA 4985 message is crucial when fulfilling the Just-in-time (JIT) process of manufacturing companies. Because of that it is also referred as “Just-in-time”- or JIT message. In JIT environments VDA 4985 messages are used as supplement to the delivery planning sent by a VDA 4984 message. The VDA 4985 messages are sent very frequently to communicate exact shipping times and quantities. Also changes to date, time and quantities of previous VDA 4985 transmissions can be exchanged within a new message.

Only suppliers who can guarantee a high delivery quality are eligible for serving JIT processes in a supply chain. The ability of automatically processing VDA 4985 messages is one key factor to achieve this level of delivery quality in the automotive industry.

Benefits using EDI and the VDA 4985 Message

Benefits exchanging JIT demands via VDA 4985 for customer and the supplier

Reduces employee workload tremendously

as data has not to be typed in manually and information are exchanged very frequently

Preventing errors

as data is generated automatically by the system w/o human interaction

Due to time savings and reducing

the administrational overhead JIT processes can become a reality

Ensures delivery quality

as planning is done quicker and less prone to errors (no re-keying)

Fulfilling VDA 4985 standards

makes them eligible to be nominated as partners for JIT processes with high supplier ratings

Updates are automatically communicated with VDA 4985 messages

preventing out-of-stock- or line stoppage situations due to late or wrong deliveries

Reduces material stock levels,

in some scenarios no warehouses are needed anymore (ship to assembly line)

By following the VDA 4985 standard

and less or no material stock is required a wider variety of products can be produced (car equipment)

Automate the VDA 4985 Just-in-time Message with flexible operating models

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