Digital standard for PCN/PDN notification
Energy / Power Plant
Aviation / Aerospace
The digitalization of working processes is one of the top priorities for many organizations across various industries. You can learn how your company can benefit from using this digital format for product change notifications and discontinuations.
smartPCN – historic video from 2014
In principle a lot is still valid. Things that have changed since then are:
- COG is renamed to COGD and has a new logo
- smartPCN is standardized with VDMA 24903 and IEC standard is in preparation
- smartPCN manager by COGD has been discontinued. The effort and product responsibility for just a kind of demo tool was too high for COGD as an industry association
A rework of the video is on the to do list of the smartPCN working group. In the meantime professional applications based on smartPCN are available. Please check with the sponsors and other providers.
The clear benefits of smartPCN standardization to the way we manage product change notices (PCNs) and product discontinuation notices (PDNs) are Improved data quality, increased data compatibility, improved consistency and efficiency of data sharing, less data redundancy; and easier data access. smartPCN minimizes friction in exchange of PCN/PDN data between the stakeholders in systems and products.
The creation of the smartPCN standard has opened up development of applications to support the established processes related to obsolescence management. The most immediate benefit is the automated processing of PCN/PDN related data including cloud storage, intra-company processing, and inter-company processing with greater accuracy, less manual effort, and reduced costs. This is only the beginning …
The smartPCN working group took an early decision to use Extensible Markup Language (XML) as the basis for the standard. XML defines a set of general rules for encoding documents, in this case PCNs and PDNs, in a format that is both human-readable and machine-readable. Through its use of the Unicode international encoding standard XML allows PCN/PDN textual and numeric data to be exchanged in any human language.