companies of the Association of Dental Dealers in Europe
(ADDE) and of the European Dental Industry (FIDE) developed
since 2006 a common project called EDI-Dent. EDI means
“Electronic Data Interchange”. EDI is a
collective term for all electronic procedures for the
automatic transmission of structured messages between
the electronic systems of the dental dealer and the
dental manufacturer. With this system all partner companies
can exchange several documents such as order, order
entry, order confirmation, shipment information or invoice
on an electronic way.
Many dealer and manufacturing companies supported this
project, because the use of EDI provides several main
advantages for the partner companies:
- The EDI data interchange is significantly faster
than before due to a highly increased rate of transmission.
- The improved data integrity reduces the number
of mistakes; this also avoids discrepancies and misinterpretations,
which can occur with manual entry of data.
- Other positive side-effects are cost reductions
for placing orders, shipment information or invoices;
shorter lead times and execute cycles; reduced inventories;
optimised business processes; accelerated processing
(transmission in a matter of seconds); and elimination
of postal charges. The partner company can respond
quickly; the order confirmation and the dispatch notification
allow the partners to give their customers a definite
date of delivery.
Large companies appreciate this new system. However,
up to now, small and medium-sized companies could usually
not participate in this electronic dialogue due to the
costs and efforts involved. Various companies requested
to develop a supporting tool which would allow small
and medium-sized dealers and suppliers to participate
in the EDI system.
ADDE has commissioned a software module which will
enable interested distributors and manufacturers to
participate in EDI-Dent free of charge.
On the common ADDE and FIDE website www.edident.info
which was specifically set up for this purpose, all
interested companies can get more information about
For detailed information please contact the ADDE secretariat
at the following address:
Association of Dental Dealers in Europe
CH-3073 Gümligen-Berne / Switzerland
Phone: +41 31 952 78 92
Fax: +41 31 952 76 83