Getting equivalences between any existing reference number on the market and the reference number associated with the products of our supplier(s) has been and continues to be a highly prized target in the auto parts sector.
The existence of distinct codifications created by the thousands of suppliers and manufacturers who act in the market is making it ever more necessary to define more and more equivalences, so our products can be located in whatever way possible.
The maximum exponent of this madness can be found in Tecdoc, the most frequently used electronic catalogue in the market. It uses a database which combines the catalogue information from multiple manufacturers in the sector, all (most) with the intention of adding and adding more and more equivalences.
In Tecdoc, when we open the product sheet to view the defined equivalences, only the equivalences against vehicle manufacturers are shown, but internally there are dozens more equivalences defined against aftermarket reference numbers.
Thanks to these other internal equivalences, we can find, for example, results between two IAM reference numbers, but paying a high price, imprecision.
Because, what is the point of finding a result between one aftermarket reference nubmer, which could be associated with more than 10 different OE/OEM reference numbers, with another aftermarket reference number which could also be associated with multiple OE/OEM reference numbers? The probability of error multiplies when, in the search, we use IAM reference numbers to find IAM reference numbers.
But even while being aware of this big problem, the market pushes everyone to establish these equivalences between aftermarket reference numbers, to add and add more and more equivalences, the whole world wants more equivalences, all the electronic catalogues highlight the millions of equivalences they have, the more, the better!
So we, at Factory Data, say: The fewer, the better!
At Factory Data we also access these millions of equivalences, but we only consider the ones which are accurate. We are continually decoding the information from the market to learn what each reference number corresponds to, what exact product(s) on the market each reference number is associated with.
Thanks to our data clusterization technology, we are capable of proposing equivalences between any two suppliers, with no need to explicitly define the equivalence between them.
For us, most of the equivalences defined in the market, are really just noise generating imprecision in the data!
If you want to get away from the noise of the market, we put our technological platform at your disposal, to help you face the challenges of data with the most advanced technology.