Our supply chain design and optimisation Consultancy capability at a glance

Our supply chain design and optimisation consultancy service extracts the expertise from our core business competency and applies it to the requirements posed by our clients. Our tailored approach to solving supply chain issues is what sets us apart from the competition. We can provide a solution that not only solves the problems you may be facing, but ultimately will support you in aligning the supply chain to the goals of the business.

Supply chain design describes the management of critical areas in the supply chain. The process includes the identification and best combination of systems and techniques used in each element comprising the End to End Supply Chain, including:

Product Data Management
Inventory Management
Manufacturing Support
Transportation Services
Order Management
Global Strategic Purchasing
Storage/Warehousing
Data Analytics

Our Supply Chain Design service is a solution that sees us aligning the supply chain to the core competency ensuring that it can handle the growth of the business whilst giving you the visibility and control you want to achieve. The benefits to supply chain design are paramount as having a reliable, scalable strategy in place future proofs the business as it grows.

We can consult on the most effective ways for you to manage the supply chain using scenario modelling and supply chain simulation, to building a strategic network design. We can guide you through the best practice to help develop a supply chain that will meet the future needs of the business.

Supply Chain Optimisation is the process and tools used to create a more efficient and cost-effective supply chain. Aligning the operations and manufacturing to a lean model can be extremely beneficial to the business.

TVS can assist in building the optimum supply chain model by using our extensive bank of tools and our knowledge of proven processes. As supply chain optimisation is our ‘core proposition’ and we have different ways in which we can analyse the current situation to provide cost improvement options, including cost-benefit analysis, to inform decision making. Our value-add is created through our experience in the supply chain sector in which we have developed industry-leading methods to solve complex supply chain problems.

data governance is keyto making accurate business decisions

Data management within the supply chain is critical. It gives you the ability to make informed decisions about your business.

Within an organisation, all departments must have direct access to the details they need. Where customer-facing teams are involved, having the right and most up-to-date technical information is essential. It provides our clients with ultimate control over product data and the replacement product release sequence. Product data management thus ensures getting the correct part to the correct place at the correct time.

Our in-house product data management system (Msys. PDM) continually drives the capture and cleansing of product data. It uses the applications’ integral workflow management function to introduce new items and engineer the change management processes.

The ‘workflow-driven’ product data management software manages commodity item data and bill of material data from manufacturing to its conversion as an aftermarket service. This is then presented to the end-user in an intuitive online ordering catalogue. Further, all technical product data is stored and maintained in a centralised location. This Single Source of Truth ensures that all business decisions are based on the same dataset.

Our product data management software (Msys.PDM) broadly has the following applications:

1. Configuration management

It involves linking all supersession data, applicability data and related item information. Here, the Original Equipment Manufacturer or Design Authority alters the platform configuration (i.e. Msys.PDM). Then data product management is performed through defined business rules. This entire process ensures that the ongoing maintenance of technical product data reflects this change control.

2. Obsolescence management

This inventory management app ensures that:

  1. Processes are regularly updated
  2. Products at risk of disuse are identified
  3. Priority actions to mitigate such threats are determined.

We are experienced in managing obsolescence for multiple industries, including defence, utilities, beverage, rail and automotive. Our scalable and robust process ensures monitoring, managing, and mitigating obsolescence in complex systems and equipment.

We ensure legacy equipment can be kept intact, sustained, and modernised. This is done by correcting design flaws, remanufacturing unsalvageable products, and integrating newer-generation components. Our thorough life and end-of-life management analysis continually evaluates obsolescence risk and diagnoses appropriate mitigation strategies.

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    • 4,000,000+

      Number of Parts

    • 1,250,000+

      Number of PCNs

    • 100,000+

      Drawings

    • 500,000+

      Number of Products

    The benefits of choosing TVS SCS for this service:

    • Governance - Ensuring all data integrity and quality.
    • Scalable - Managing over 4 million parts worldwide.
    • Transparency - Providing full visibility and control of supply chain processes.
    • Approach - Disciplined approach to all data management.
    • Expertise - 100 years’ experience managing parts.
    • Data-driven - Use data to drive efficiency and cost saving.
    • Automation - Drives automation into our other systems.
    • Innovation - Taking the processes beyond the industry standard.
    • Value - Industry-leading solutions to improve your processes.
    • Technology - Providing technology solution to support your supply chain.

    Why TVS SCS?

    100 Years Of Excellence In Trading And Technology

    Pivotal Supply Chain Solutions To Top Companies In The World

    Warehouse Space, Labour & Technology Anywhere It’s Needed

    Customised Solutions With AI Integrations And Machine Learning

    The Value of TVS SCS' Product Data Management Solution

    Our data management software segregates, stores and secures technical data into a single repository. This means it provides a single ‘source of the truth’ for all your supply chain data.

    We add value to raw technical data by :

    • Collating and triaging data
    • Understanding the current logic and carrying out end-to-end data-design
    • Applying our ‘Best Practice’ principles to the data
    • Creating a logical and structured taxonomy by keeping the end-user in mind
    • Building and loading data files into the Msys.PDM system for ease of use

    Then asset-controlled products are stored and managed for further publishing to our online catalogue (Msys.eCOM). This process ensures that the correct items are selected for a specific piece of equipment. Additionally, products can be searched based on asset IDs, serial/VIN/VRM numbers or original contract order.

    The Msys.PDM database promotes technical item data via our Enterprise Service Bus (Msys.ESB). This may include price lists, discounts details, accounts, shipping particulars, order and delivery, etc. It is then merged with the item’s commercial data in the Enterprise Resource Planning application (Msys.ERP). This centralised location ensures the ongoing integrity of our master data management serviced by other Msys applications via Msys.ESB.

    Application workflow ensures that specific TVS SCS business rules are always applied to the item data collected and used in the suite of Msys Modules and applications.

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    FAQs

    Product data management is the use of software to host and maintain asset and process-related technical data. It is then stored in a secure central database by the entire organisation for further consumption. Based on business requirements, the data can be accessed at any point in time and from any location.

    Importantly, product data management should not be considered merely a technological solution. PDM aids effective and business-wide data governance in alignment with your company’s business objectives.

    The main objective of data management is to turn unstructured information into a structured dataset. This aids extraction of accurate customer and business reports. Thereafter, data analysis, management and publishing are undertaken at an enterprise level.

    However, some businesses do not understand the value of good quality master data. While some companies may effectively collect raw data, they may not be skilled at storing and maintaining it. This would result in a lack of understanding and meaningful use of the data. Sub-standard data governance in supply chain management would only lead to inefficiencies in a business.

    Readily available and structured product data is a valuable resource. It can be retrieved at any time without wasting time and resources to repeatedly run the same processes.

    Today, ‘Big data’ management is more prominent than ever. As information passes daily through your organisation, a clear data product management strategy is required. The challenge would be inaccurate master data stored in several locations without a change control process. This will restrict you from making genuine, accurate, real-time and data-driven business decisions. Hence, a platform to manage this valuable source of information in a secure environment is vital.

    A secure and robust data product management plan is essential for the success of your business. As your company grows, the amount of data you need to manage will multiply considerably. Hence, to effectively manage voluminous data obtained daily, it is necessary to have both the process and application(s) in place.

    Having the necessary software and clearly defined business processes allows your business to store, organise, protect, verify and process essential product data. The data is made available both upstream and downstream, providing end-to-end visibility. It also helps provide accurate business reports and ensures compliance with compliance regulations.

    Data governance is critical to supply chain management. Thus, it has a significant impact on upstream and downstream operations. The most crucial consideration while implementing a product data management application is system integration and the transfer of technical data to other applications. This would aid in 

    However, it entails a host of benefits such as :

    • Removal of data redundancy
    • Mapping data fields to other applications 
    • Technical data in a single and secure database
    • Significant reduction in publishing time
    • Ensuring data integrity of technical information 
    • Management of large volumes of data
    • Capability, versatility and security of the software solution 
    • Improved efficiency and productivity
    • Maximising profits and minimising costs

    Product Data Management (PDM) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) are often used interchangeably. However, it is vital to understand their differences.

    PLM incorporates all aspects of the product from inception to disposal, i.e. design, manufacturing, sales and obsolescence. It is an enterprise application similar to ERP to manage products, processes and personnel.

    PDM, however, is a sub-set of PLM and can be considered more of an engineering tool. Its application/process manages the data associated with a product, such as version control, technical specification, item attributes etc. Thus, it provides a structured framework for new item introduction, revision/change control and end-of-life planning.

    Further, a PDM system has in-depth knowledge about the engineering/CAD model, whereas a PLM system has broad knowledge about the product definition and its relationships.

    TVS SCS has developed its IT infrastructure, with security being its top priority. We work hard to ensure all data is handled according to local law and regulations. Our formal corporate policies and procedures are all put in place, ensuring confidentiality, integrity and availability of entrusted data. 

    TVS SCS has been awarded several information security certifications, details of which can be found here.

    If you are interested in discussing your data management requirement, please use the contact form below, and one of our experts will get in touch to assist you.

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