NPC in Rail

National Product Catalogue in Rail

Endorsed by the ARA

Project i-TRACE delivers National Product Catalogue to drive new efficiencies in rail
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Digitalisation of Material Master Data within the rail industry is a Project i-TRACE initiative

To support best practise in Material Master Data management, the National Product Catalogue (NPC) enables the adoption of a standard list of data attributes and processes for exchanging Material Master Data (MMD) in the Rail industry. The NPC will digitise the way MMD is managed in the Rail industry. This agreed, standardised approach to capturing and sharing critical data about the materials that flow through the rail supply chain saves the industry exposure to unnecessary costs, duplication and data quality errors.

“Cataloguing the spare parts delivered to the warehouse following an electrical transformer installation can take several days of opening boxes, identifying the parts, trying to relate back to a parts list and suggested spares stock holding document. Going forward, most of this validated data will be accessed direct from the supplier via the NPC.”

Bill Steward, Material Data Manager, Sydney Trains

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