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06/09/2016 - CDX Release 5.0 with extensive enhancements (updated 07/21/2016)

With the downtime on July 21st, 2016, the following additional enhancements have been implemented:

Extended MDS and CMD bulk request templates

  • The CMD bulk request template has been updated to support the CMRT version 4.10.
  • The requestor¿s Organization Unit ID was added into the MDS and the CMD bulk request template, so that the owner of imported requests could be identified at the Org Unit level. By default, without the given Org Unit ID, the owner of imported requests will be set at root company level.

CDX Release 5.0 (rollout on June 23rd, 2016) provides the following new functions:

Export and Import capability of IPC1752A Class D declarations added

This new CDX functionality supports users who have requirements to file IPC1752A Class D declarations and simplifies the CDX Material Data Sheets (MDS) creation using existing IPC data.

In CDX, users are able to export own or published MDSs as an IPC1752A Class D declaration. IPC1752A Class D declarations can also be imported as an own MDS to CDX.  One imported IPC1752A declaration may result in more than one MDS, depending on how many products it has recorded.

During the import process the user is guided by a wizard dialogue step by step. Additional IPC information data for the MDS (e.g. import date etc.) can be viewed in the MDS Detail screen once imported. An imported MDS is imported as an own MDS in edit mode so it can be reworked and amended for further processing.

In addition, the MDS Search screen allows the CDX user to search for MDSs that originated as an imported IPC1752A Class D declaration.

CMD Manager

CMD Rollup scope enhanced for questions 1 ¿ 7 and A ¿ J

When accepted supplier CMDs are rolled up into your own CMD, the enhanced rollup function now provides aggregated answers from your supplier CMDs for questions 1 ¿ 7 (Metals Identification) and A ¿ J (Conflict Free Policy). The answers given from a supplier CMD will be automatically filled into the respective fields for each question. If more than one supplier CMD is included, the answers will be calculated from the majority for all supplier CMDs. If a question was answered manually in your own CMD, and the rollup process provides a different answer, a marker will show you the different values. The aggregated answers can be displayed and you can choose to use these answers in your CMD or change a value manually when necessary. All aggregated answers should be reviewed to validate that you agree with the answers chosen.  

You can see an overview of all supplier answers by using the Statistics button above the CMD tree structure. A separate window provides a summary table with the aggregated responses to questions 1 ¿ 7 and A ¿ J of the CMD. It displays for each question the answers that have been given by how many suppliers with the corresponding aggregated response. This table can also be exported to an MS Excel file.

Supplemental information for Conflict Free Smelters visible in CMD Details screen

The supplemental information that you can view for other Smelter types is now available for Conflict Free Smelters, too. You can click on any smelter in the CMD tree structure to see the corresponding supplemental information in the Details screen. A table, which also can be exported to an MS Excel file, displays all available information for each smelter entry.

Changes in CMD Export options to handle duplicate Smelter rows

When exporting your CMD into an MS Excel CFSI CMRT, some smelters may be duplicated. To avoid duplicate smelter rows in your MS Excel file, we have implemented an additional dialogue, where you can select data export options.  You can choose:

  • Export all ¿ all available data will be exported. If the CMD includes a smelter with different supplemental information (e.g. contact, address ¿) the export process will duplicate it into separate rows in the CMRT ¿Smelter List¿ tab (this is how the current export operates).
  • Hide duplicate data ¿ all available data will be exported, but duplicate smelter rows will be ¿hidden¿ in the MS Excel CMRT. This option is only available when ¿Export all¿ is selected and helps you to have a clear view of all smelters in the CMRT without duplicate entries. You can ¿unhide¿ the invisible data in MS Excel to see all exported information.
  • Export unique ¿ each smelter will be exported only once, duplicates are not permitted. Only standard information (defined by CFSI) will be exported to the MS Excel CMRT, all other information will be ignored.

The new Export options are available for CMRT version 4.x and higher. Previous versions can only be exported with the ¿Export all¿ option.

CMRT Template Version 4.10

CDX supports also the CMRT Template version 4.10 (already available since 05/03/2016).

Additional email notifications for MDS and CMD Requests

With the CDX request function you can ask your supplier(s) to provide a Material Data Sheet (MDS) or a Conflict Minerals Declaration (CMD) in CDX. When a request is sent to a company which has no active users in CDX, you will now receive an email notification that an email with your request was not sent due to inactive user(s) in the request recipient company. You will also be notified when the recipient company does not have a user who has subscribed to email notifications about received requests. The system will also email you when your request has been rejected by your supplier.

You can also now respond to a request easier and faster: When you receive a notification about a received request, the email now includes a link to open the received request directly after you login to CDX.

Import Part/Item Numbers for MDSs from a file

If you want to use multiple Part/Item/Material Numbers in your MDS, you can now import them from a text file (one number per line). This feature is available in the MDS Request as well as in the MDS Ingredients and Recipient data screens.

You can also export the ¿Part/Item Number¿ table content into a text file.

Administration of Company Specific Regulations

The Administration Regulations menu has been added. With this function the Company Administrator can create Company Specific Regulations based on existing Company Specific Substance Lists. The Company Specific Regulations will be displayed in the Company Administration screen, where they can be selected for the Company and each Organization Unit individually to indicate information that suppliers must provide with regard to these regulations. The regulations defined for your Company or Organization Unit will be shown and need to be confirmed by your supplier in the MDS Recipient Data when the supplier is adding your company as a recipient.

Logical deletion (deactivation) of regulations is also included, together with appropriate handling of the deactivated regulation¿s exemptions and confirmations in the ingredients screen.

Email notification before your User account expires

Every User account in CDX has a ¿Valid Until¿ date, which must be maintained by the Company Administrator (by default, 12 months after creation of the user account). Before the account¿s ¿Valid Until¿ date is reached, the User and the Company Administrator will receive an email notification that the User account will expire in the next few days. The ¿Valid Until¿ date will then need to be extended by the Company Administrator.

Additionally a CDX User account will be deactivated when the User has not logged into CDX within the last 12 months. In this case, the User and the Company Administrator receive an email notification that the account will expire in the next few days.

As a user, make sure to login to CDX every few months, check the accuracy of your user information (¿Personal Settings¿ in the Administration menu), and check with your CDX Company Administrators quarterly to ensure your ¿Valid Until¿ date is not set to expire soon.

CDX Web Service

The CDX Web Service has been extended to provide the following information and features:

For the regulations a new flag ¿is_deleted¿ was introduced, which indicates whether a regulation is still valid or not. The business method ¿getOwnRegulations¿ and the XML structures of the download information types ¿Public Material datasheets¿ (MP), ¿Company Specific Material datasheets¿ (CMS) and ¿Supplier Published Material Datasheets¿ (SPMS) have been extended accordingly.

Web Service for Conflict Minerals Declaration (CMD)

The new CMD Web Service allows you to integrate Conflict Minerals Declaration communication with your suppliers into your local processes and systems. It enables your company to exchange CMD related data between your internal system and the CDX system. A typical "SOA" Web Service style will be provided, which allows you to build your own frontend. The individual methods for business functions and parameters/objects are described in a "WSDL" schema file. The Web Services cover all use cases from the CDX CMD web application and fit into a Web Service framework of a complete application.

For a complete overview what Web Services can be used, please read the Web Service Manual.


For more detailed information on the Release 5.0 enhancements, please see the CDX User Manual.

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