In support of the UK’s Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA) initiative to digitise the Supply Chain using the ETIM Classification Standard at its heart, Trimble is proud to announce that ETIM has now been incorporated within the Luckins Platinum data service.
For over 50 years, Luckins have been providing pricing services to the UK Electrical and Mechanical supply chain and over time this has naturally expanded to include data to support, amongst other things, eCommerce initiatives.
Forward-thinking organisations have identified that good quality, enriched product data has become a key strategic asset, vital for future success. With industry experts on hand, Luckins can assist with the ETIM enrichment process and, with the Luckins data service already connecting Manufacturers, Wholesalers and Contractors, inject the data directly into the Supply Chain. The decision to adopt ETIM will help promote the standard further and its availability to the benefit of all participants.
The Luckins implementation of ETIM ensures products comply with the allowable features, values and units within the standard as defined and controlled by the EDA and ETIM International. Additionally, the Luckins framework allows manufacturers the flexibility to also provide data to support their product’s USP for where the products do not naturally fit within the ETIM standard or are outside of its scope. Manufacturer generated marketing descriptions and supporting materials can also be carried directly into the supply chain. Working with industry partners such as NG15, manufacturers are now able to publish their data directly to Luckins so the enriched data becomes available to the sector quickly.
Utilising the LUCKINSlive API, which is incorporated into the majority of the leading wholesaler ERP systems, ETIM classification and associated attribute features will instantly be available to existing subscribers, alongside the current service. The same data can also be utilised in websites, eCommerce portals and other bespoke applications to ensure a consistent and accurate view is always available on demand.
There are a number of different ways to incorporate the LUCKINSlive API feed within a wholesaling business but whichever route is taken the core of the solution is to provide a live feed to the end-user, within minimum manual intervention. As enriched product information becomes available, it is possible to have it immediately online without burdening valuable employees with cumbersome maintenance tasks.
Contractors need access to more technical information and be informed of the benefits of new products coming to market. Both Trimble’s own software and other third parties can now have the ability to consume this data live. As working patterns change, contractors are able to ‘self-serve’ this information 24x7, on demand from a single source within their application of choice.
In conjunction with this announcement, work is being undertaken to combine transactional data with BIM design object data to make BIM 4D (including cost) a reality. Bridging the divide from generic modeling, this powerful combination will drive forward the next generation of modeling systems.
Trimble MEP delivers sophisticated solutions that transform workflows from the office to the field. The Trimble Constructible Process allows specialty trades to build beyond BIM to automate fabrication and fieldwork with reliable construction data. With access to the largest library of manufacturers content and a broad portfolio of hardware and software solutions, Trimble optimizes the entire design, build, and operate lifecycle.