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Electro-technical digitisation on track as manufacturers collaborate on ETIM-UK


– has entered a crucial ‘anglicisation phase’ with product data experts from the UK’s electro-technical manufacturing base collaborating to translate the classification into correct technical English for UK use. Last November, the EDA embarked upon 26 ETIM-UK Standardisation


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Working Groups (running until Q3 2018), with each focusing on a particular product area. So far, nine groups have completed their translations, crunching through 9,000+ pieces of technical product data. As each group translation is completed/approved, the EDA liaises with ETIM International HQ in Brussels to turn the UK version live, making it available across the 18 countries in which ETIM is the recognised data standard. Margaret Fitzsimons, CEO of the EDA, said: “Since March 2017, we’ve


invested considerable resource advising and supporting our members and affiliates on getting to grips with ETIM. That ground work was crucial in helping us gather a critical mass of manufacturers around the table when the time came to tackle the translation line by line, data field by data field. “There’s been an encouraging response, with representatives from 38


different manufacturers collaborating on the nine Working Groups completed so far, but there is still a long way to go. The anglicisation process is hard work but the general consensus is that this short-term pain will deliver the long-term gain of improved efficiency in the supply chain.” The EDA’s ETIM-UK Project Manager, David Bate, has delivered over 45


free “ETIM-ready audits” and sessions to help manufacturers and wholesalers plan their ETIM journey and to gear-up their systems to


ince its launch by the EDA last year, ETIM-UK – the EDA-led project to help digitise the UK’s electro-technical supply chain


Manufacturers, wholesalers and associated organisations gather last summer for the EDA’s ETIM UK presentation by CEO, Margaret Fitzsimons.


supply or receive ETIM-classified product data respectively. The EDA is also working with ERP system suppliers to ensure awareness of ETIM. Bolstering the EDA’s resources, and driving engagement at boardroom


level, is a new Advisory Group comprising manufacturers, wholesalers and trade associations. The board representatives will act as a conduit between their members or organisations ensuring that there is a constant dialogue and understanding of ETIM-UK and its implementation in the supply chain. Unsurprisingly, the process has revealed that there are product ranges, unique to the UK market, which will need to be added to the ETIM model. The EDA has launched a dedicated ETIM-UK website www.etim-


uk.co.uk as well as a showcase page on Association’s LinkedIn page. ●Turn to pages 28 and 29 for more EDA news.


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