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What is an EDIFACT CONTRL Message?

The EDIFACT CONTRL (CONTRoL) message acts as both a technical and functional acknowledgement for any EDIFACT message exchanged between customers and suppliers. When sent as a technical response, it indicates the receipt of the message along with its acceptance. It can also state the approval or rejection of the previously submitted interchange and a detailed list of errors as a functional response. They follow the EDI message standard UN/EDIFACT. Although CONTRL messages are not always mandatory, they are a vital message type for the electronic purchasing process in manufacturing industries.


The use of the EDIFACT CONTRL Message

There are two different styles of EDIFACT CONTRL message. Either as a technical response or a functional response.

A technical acknowledgement informs the recipient that the previous interchange has been received, whether it has been accepted, and references the message type and ID. These usually are far simpler than the more detailed functional acknowledgement. A functional acknowledgement indicates the same information as shown within the technical acknowledgement, but can also report on syntactic errors and break down the acceptance or rejection of each specific part of the previous message.

Benefits using EDI and the EDIFACT CONTRL Message

Exchanging planning documents via ANSI X12 EDI 830 for customer and supplier

An automatic audit trail

the user will instantly know if an already sent message has been accepted and received by their customer

Increased reliability of the supply chain
Much better troubleshooting options
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If parts of the message were rejected, these details are highlighted back to the user along with rejection reasons

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If only part of an interchange is denied, the accepted information can still be used and processed – this can also be reported back to the customer

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Rejected reasons can be imported into an ERP system and diagnosed against the previously sent message

Ensure stable use of EDIFACT CONTRL Acknowledgement files

SEEBURGER B2B/EDI solutions are leaders in stability and reliability. For operating in a very reliable way we still recommend Control Acknowledgement files to speed up troubleshooting and to reduce the error rate exchanging information with external EDI Trading Partners outside your operational control.

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