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Method for automating Engineering validation of declared Supplier Environmental information based on part classification

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200969D
Publication Date: 2010-Nov-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 19K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to reduce the efforts involved in engineering verification of supplier material data by developing rules to automate the process. Upon significant data collection, an organization establishes reliable, commodity-specific rules which are then built into a checking engine for supplier materials.

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Method for automating Engineering validation of declared Supplier Environmental information based on part classification

All organizations with environmental legal requirements must report detailed information about the materials contained in their products in order to sell them in the markets where these legal requirements are enforced. Most organizations rely on this environmental information from their supply chain.

Today, engineers must manually verify the material data from suppliers for accuracy and compliance. Given thattens of thousands of new component designs may be released annually, many having more than one supplier, material data verification has become a very large and time consuming effort.

The disclosed invention reduces this effort, as well as improves consistency and reduces human error by developing rules to automate the engineering verification of supplier material data.

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After many years (e.g., five) of collecting material data, an organization could have information in its database to profile many commodities (e.g., capacitors, diodes, and resistors) and develop reliable, commodity-specific rules for validating material data from suppliers. For example, if data analysis shows that, after five years, mercury has not been reported in any capacitor supplied to the manufacturer, it would be logical to automatically raise an exception if a supplier claims mercury in a capacitor.

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