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Frequently Asked Questions


Read here frequently asked questions regarding CDX content and usage in several categories.

You can download a PDF document with all questions and answers in our Tutorials page to store it on your computer.
 

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Can I exchange data between my in-house system and CDX?

Can I exchange data between IMDS and CDX?

Can I leverage my IMDS data to create Conflict Minerals Declarations (CMDs) in CDX?

Should I use the CDX Web Service Interface from the beginning?

 

 

  Can I exchange data between my in-house system and CDX?

The CDX Web Service Interface (CDX WSI) can be used to leverage data in your current ERP/PLM systems and automatically exchange product and supplier data with CDX. In cooperation with SAP®, DXC has connected CDX with several SAP systems. CDX WSI integrates CDX data with existing processes and systems in your environment. Using the download interface, your company can transfer CDX standard information, as well as CDX data sheets used by your company - public and your own - and company-specific substance lists, regulations, and regulation exemptions to your local systems for in-house administration. With the upload interface, your company can transfer data from your in-house systems to CDX.

Technical information about CDX WSI is available here.

System integration with SupplyOn (web based supplier portal) is also available. By using Single-Sign On (SSO), SupplyOn suppliers are automatically embedded in the CDX system.


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  Can I exchange data between IMDS and CDX?

DXC's CDX includes the ability to import existing Material Data Sheets (MDSs) from the International Material Data System (IMDS) into CDX.

The import of IMDS MDSs can be initiated out of CDX when the following requirements are fulfilled:

  • The IMDS company owns a valid IMDS Advanced Interface (IMDS-AI) license (at least a Tariff E is needed).
  • The CDX user needs valid IMDS credentials (IMDS User ID and password) to start the CDX Import Wizard.
  • Data transfer from IMDS to CDX is in line with the IMDS Terms of Use.
  • IMDS MDSs can be imported into CDX, but not exported to IMDS.

The user can search for MDSs to be transferred and can select up to 10 MDSs to be imported in one step into CDX. The search result list may differ compared to an executed search in IMDS with the same search options because only MDSs available via the IMDS-AI license can be imported by CDX. This means, the MDS in IMDS needs to be in a released state (MDSs in edit mode can't be imported). New MDSs will be available to be imported after the daily download files in IMDS have been created.

When the import is complete, the transferred MDS is stored in CDX as an own MDS in edit mode to allow the user to rework or complete the data sheet with CDX specific information. For every MDS imported from IMDS, the information about the transfer is displayed in section "IMDS Information" within the MDS Ingredients details.


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  Can I leverage my IMDS data to create Conflict Minerals Declarations (CMDs) in CDX?

Yes. The IMDS Conflict Minerals (CM) Analyzer enables IMDS users to examine their IMDS Material Data Sheets (MDSs) quickly and easily, and to locate existing Conflict Minerals within their products and those of their suppliers.

The IMDS CM Analyzer can be used to find all owned and/or received MDSs containing Conflict Minerals, locating the Conflict Minerals in components, semi-components and materials. The user can then connect to CDX Conflict Minerals Declaration (CMD) Manager to e-mail CMD Requests to your suppliers and aggregate internal and supplier CMDs for fast, easier customer and SEC reporting.


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  Should I use the CDX Web Service Interface from the beginning?

While you can use CDX-WSI to upload to CDX, complexity comes into play when developing and debugging a system to create a CDX-acceptable structure and connecting to your in-house system.

It's best to first use the CDX browser to enter your data and learn the functionality of the CDX system to help refine your requirements. Start with the CDX system browser version and then, depending on the amount of data and the requirements, develop your Web Service Interface.

You may want to develop a read-only interface that takes data out of CDX and into your in-house system, using the browser for data entry. However, until you have worked in CDX for a while, you may find it difficult to determine interface requirements.


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