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    Would you like to accept VDA-call-off orders via OFTP?

    ipOFTP - the communication tool

    competitively priced, straightforward, reliable

    The practical solution for receiving and handling VDS-call-off orders via the internet and OFTP2. All essential features in one handy gadget.

    ipOFTP is tailored to the needs of suppliers who receive VDA-call-off orders from their clients and can be connected to every PPC/ERP-system.

    Competitively priced

    You can secure this entirely configured communication solution for up to three partners from as for as little as 900,- Euros net.

    We know our product can deliver and therefore offer a 3 month return policy.

    For a supplement we will configure all connections to your communication partners.

    No running costs.

    No fuss

    You purchase the version of ipOFTP suitable for you, we take care of the configuration and will test the connection with your clients.

    Connect to your network and power outlet – get communicating!

    Reliable

    You will receive a small and handy all-in-one communication tool.

    Forget about complicated software set up and difficulties with the next windows-update.

    Space-saving, energy-saving, ergonomically designed, always available and robust.

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    Your advantage

    You will not have to waste hours learning about your/the network technology. All you need to know is that files in VDA-format are exchanged between industrial users via OFTP.

    You can check the communication status through the easily visible status-LED. You will find the transmitted files in a clearly arranged form by accessing the tool via your browser.

    … for your clients.

    The ipOFTP-communication tool is available non-stop and communicates with a OFTP-implementations of your communication partners; OFTP2, OFTP1, encrypted or not encrypted.

    ipOFTP is tailored to the needs of suppliers that receive VDA-call-off orders from their clients and send VDA-delivery data to their clients.

    … for your support

    You will receive a small and handy communication tool with all necessities included.

    No difficult installation and complex software system, no problems with your next windows-update.

    Saves space and energy, ergonomically designed, available non-stop and robust.

    We won’t leave you hanging!


    So you have opted for ipOFTP ...

    1. Order the version of ipOFTP suitable for you and – if you haven’t done so already – request an ODETTE identification code.
    2. We will get in touch with you to obtain all necessary information we require to install the system and test the communication with your clients.
    3. You will receive the entirely configured and tested ipOFTP communication tool. It only needs to be connected to your network and is ready to use.

    At first use

    1. Connect the ip-OFTP communication tool to your network. When using the tool for the first time also connect the screen, keypad and mouse.
    2. The IP address will be visible on your screen. Type the address into your browser and you will see the user interface of ipOFTP
    3. The OFTP communication tool is operational. Start by testing the connection with one of your clients to verify the set up.

    Everyday use

    1. For everyday use the ipOFTP communication tool only needs to be connected to a power outlet and the network.
    2. A flashing LED will notify you of incoming call-off orders.
    3. Access the list of received call-off orders by typing the tool’s IP address in your browser.
    4. Click on the call-off orders to view, print or copy as CSV.

    Integration into your PPS/ERP-System

    ipOFTP can easily be connected to your PPS/ERP-system. Instructions are supplied (within the package). However we are happy to support your system administrator with the implementation.
    Incoming call-off request will automatically be passed on to your PPS/ERP-system. Outgoing delivery slips will automatically be converted to VDA-format and sent to your clients.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • Where is ipOFTP suitable?

      It is typically used for receiving and sending orders, call-off orders, delivery slips and invoices in VDA or EDIFACT format.

    • Can I receive and send arbitrary files?

      Yes, communications is not limited to VDA-formats but can transmit arbitrary file formats.

    • Which VDA-file formats can be transmitted through ipOFTP?

      All formats can be transmitted. Communication is not dependent on the format of the file. VDA-formats for call-off orders and delivery slips will be prepared for the screen and as CSV.

    • Which networks is ipOFTP using for communication?

      ipOFTP transmits files via the internet. It requires a connection to the local network.
      The local network needs to provide a connection to the internet. ipOFTP uses neither ISDN nor ENX.

    • Can I integrate ipOFTP in my ERP/PPC-system?

      Yes. ipOFTP assumes the OFTP-communication. You send a file by pasting it into your communication partner’s output folder. Inbound files can be found in your incoming folder. You can activate processing scripts with ipOFTP or access the files via a network share.

    • How will the conversion from ISDN to TCP/IP be processed?

      You set up the communication tool (in your office) and establish the connection to your communication partners. Automated processing of incoming call-off orders is not required.
      ipOFTP provides the files prepared for the screen/display and as CSV.

    • How will OFTP and TCP/IP-communication be introduced?

      You set up the communication tool (in your office) and establish the connection to your communication partners. Automated processing of incoming call-off orders is not required.
      ipOFTP provides the files prepared for the screen/display and as CSV.

    • In which format will the VDA call-off orders be provided?

      Except for the original file the call-off orders will be available as CSV. Of course you will be able see and print the received call-off orders in a legible form.

    • Which version of OFTP supports ipOFTP?

      OFTP1 and OFTP2 are supported via TCP/IP networks hence generally via the internet.

    • How to identify the communication partners?

      Both parties are using an ID and a password. You can buy an Odette compliant ID with Odette directly. Please search “Odette” through your search engine. You will choose your password. OFTP passwords are “simple” with a maximum of 8 characters. This information is not hidden, you can find Odette labels and their passwords on the webpages of automobile corporations.

    • What does an Odette label look like?

      They all start with the letter “O” followed by 18 characters assigned by Odette. A maximum of 6 additional characters can be requested and allocated as desired. For example: O0013000999HUBER131

    • Will I require a certificate?

      Yes, if you wish to encrypt the files (while) on the transmission route.
      Verify which type of files you wish to transmit. Should it only concern call off orders and delivery slips you would most likely not need to encrypt those and can save yourself some time by not doing so.

    • Do I have to buy a certificate from a certification body?

      No. If you do so you will be regularly charged a fee to renew the certificate. The VDA specification is prepared to acknowledge the use of self-signed certificates.

    • What is a self-signed certificate?

      It’s a certificate you issue yourself. Transmit the certificate to your communication partners and have them save it. Then you will be all set to transmit encrypted files.

    • How do I issue a self-signed certificate?

      ipOFTP contains a function you can easily use to issue a self-signed certificate.

    • What information is required for the establishment of an OFTP connection?

      You require a communication partner, his/her IP address and port number. For automobile corporations this information will be publicly available online, your communication partners will require this information from you respectively.

    • What is a port number?

      Establishing an internet connection requires an IP address such as “oftp.konzern.de”, the equivalent to a street name, house number, post code etc. as well as a port number such as “3305” corresponding to a person’s name in the address line.

    • Can I also exchange files with my business partners using SCP or SFTP?

      Yes, given you know these protocols it is relatively easy. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like us to support you with the set up. Our ipOFTP communication tool is capable of working will all types of internet protocols.

    • How high is the network load through OFTP?

      Call-off orders and delivery notification in VDA format are small: 1-10kB is a common size. Within the IP connection there are 1-8 data packets (Yes, that’s right.)
      Thus the transmission time of an incoming call-off order is typically far less than a second.
      When sending ipOFTP uses a maximum of 10kB per second of transmission capacity and consequently does not disturb other use of the internet connection.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • Where is ipOFTP suitable?

      It is typically used for receiving and sending orders, call-off orders, delivery slips and invoices in VDA or EDIFACT format.

    • Can I receive and send arbitrary files?

      Yes, communications is not limited to VDA-formats but can transmit arbitrary file formats.

    • Which VDA-file formats can be transmitted through ipOFTP?

      All formats can be transmitted. Communication is not dependent on the format of the file. VDA-formats for call-off orders and delivery slips will be prepared for the screen and as CSV.

    • Which networks is ipOFTP using for communication?

      ipOFTP transmits files via the internet. It requires a connection to the local network.
      The local network needs to provide a connection to the internet. ipOFTP uses neither ISDN nor ENX.

    • Can I integrate ipOFTP in my ERP/PPC-system?

      Yes. ipOFTP assumes the OFTP-communication. You send a file by pasting it into your communication partner’s output folder. Inbound files can be found in your incoming folder. You can activate processing scripts with ipOFTP or access the files via a network share.

    • How will the conversion from ISDN to TCP/IP be processed?

      You set up the communication tool (in your office) and establish the connection to your communication partners. Automated processing of incoming call-off orders is not required.
      ipOFTP provides the files prepared for the screen/display and as CSV.

    • How will OFTP and TCP/IP-communication be introduced?

      You set up the communication tool (in your office) and establish the connection to your communication partners. Automated processing of incoming call-off orders is not required.
      ipOFTP provides the files prepared for the screen/display and as CSV.

    • In which format will the VDA call-off orders be provided?

      Except for the original file the call-off orders will be available as CSV. Of course you will be able see and print the received call-off orders in a legible form.

    • Which version of OFTP supports ipOFTP?

      OFTP1 and OFTP2 are supported via TCP/IP networks hence generally via the internet.

    • How to identify the communication partners?

      Both parties are using an ID and a password. You can buy an Odette compliant ID with Odette directly. Please search “Odette” through your search engine. You will choose your password. OFTP passwords are “simple” with a maximum of 8 characters. This information is not hidden, you can find Odette labels and their passwords on the webpages of automobile corporations.

    • What does an Odette label look like?

      They all start with the letter “O” followed by 18 characters assigned by Odette. A maximum of 6 additional characters can be requested and allocated as desired. For example: O0013000999HUBER131

    • Will I require a certificate?

      Yes, if you wish to encrypt the files (while) on the transmission route.
      Verify which type of files you wish to transmit. Should it only concern call off orders and delivery slips you would most likely not need to encrypt those and can save yourself some time by not doing so.

    • Do I have to buy a certificate from a certification body?

      No. If you do so you will be regularly charged a fee to renew the certificate. The VDA specification is prepared to acknowledge the use of self-signed certificates.

    • What is a self-signed certificate?

      It’s a certificate you issue yourself. Transmit the certificate to your communication partners and have them save it. Then you will be all set to transmit encrypted files.

    • How do I issue a self-signed certificate?

      ipOFTP contains a function you can easily use to issue a self-signed certificate.

    • What information is required for the establishment of an OFTP connection?

      You require a communication partner, his/her IP address and port number. For automobile corporations this information will be publicly available online, your communication partners will require this information from you respectively.

    • What is a port number?

      Establishing an internet connection requires an IP address such as “oftp.konzern.de”, the equivalent to a street name, house number, post code etc. as well as a port number such as “3305” corresponding to a person’s name in the address line.

    • Can I also exchange files with my business partners using SCP or SFTP?

      Yes, given you know these protocols it is relatively easy. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like us to support you with the set up. Our ipOFTP communication tool is capable of working will all types of internet protocols.

    • How high is the network load through OFTP?

      Call-off orders and delivery notification in VDA format are small: 1-10kB is a common size. Within the IP connection there are 1-8 data packets (Yes, that’s right.)
      Thus the transmission time of an incoming call-off order is typically far less than a second.
      When sending ipOFTP uses a maximum of 10kB per second of transmission capacity and consequently does not disturb other use of the internet connection.

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    Do you have any further questions?
    We are happy to be at your disposal. Get in touch by calling or using our contact form contact form. We will get back to you.


    ipOFTP is tailored to the needs of suppliers that receive VDA-request from their clients and send VDA-delivery data to their clients.
    The ipOFTP-communication tool is an open linux system with graphic user interface that is also capable of managing other communication tasks, e.g. receiving requests via email.
    All required features in one handy tool.
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    Versions and Prices

    Functions
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    Operate as TCP-Client

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    Operate as TLS-Client (encrypted communication)

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    Operate as TCP-Server

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    Operate as TLS-Server (encrypted communication)

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    simultaneous operation as TCP- and TLS-Server

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    Generation of self-signed certificates

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    Automatic certificate exchange

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    Reception of arbitrary files

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    Shipment of arbitrary files

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    Processing of incoming VDA calls (VDA 4905)

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    Processing of incoming VDA calls (VDA 4984)

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    Production and delivery of delivery notes (VDA 4913)

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    Administration via Webbrowser

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    Editing incoming files in webbrowser

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    Manual sending of files with the browser

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    Integration in an existing PPC/ERP-System possible

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    Number of possible communications

    3

    10

    Price

    900,00 €

    1.300,00 €

    Extend to max. 10 communications

    600,00 €

    Extend to max. 20 communications

    600,00 €

    Option AS2

    800,00 €

    800,00 €

    Setup and test communication partner / each connection

    300,00 €

    300,00 €

    SPECIAL OFFER

    Included in the basic price. Preconfigured and tested compounds

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    Cashback warranty

    3 months

    3 months

    No running costs!

    more ipOFTP versions

    ipOFTP advanced20 - version advanced with 20 communications 1.800,00 €
    ipOFTP advanced50 - version advanced with 50 communications 2.700,00 €

    Ask for our services: ** We will not leave you alone! **

    All prices are net prices plus VAT


    Order today!

    Our guarantee of satisfaction for you:
    We deliver a configured and operational tool.
    You will benefit from a 30-day return policy.

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    Schwarzwald Software Engineering

    We are creating individual solutions for industrial and commercial enterprises since 1981.
    Alongside our established products CAD-e, Plan3 and the ipOFTP-communication tool, we develop custom-made software personalised exactly to the needs of our sophisticated clients and their businesses.

    In doing so we have specialised in finding solutions where widely available tools and methods don’t offer satisfactory options.

    Our program core is generally in C which let us achieve small, efficient and robust applications, deployable to the largest spectrum of hardware and operations systems possible.

    We excel in competence in the areas of:

    • real time applications
    • communication
    • technical/science applications
    • graphic applications
    • production control
    • embedded programming

    Our long-standing experience paired with our vast module-library let us create sophisticated and highly technical applications in a short time.

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