According to GM waivers for, say, copper in brake pads, if a pad submission to a Tier 1 caliper supplier is rejected by the Tier 1 caliper supplier for copper 75%, what are the options to solve the rejection?

Work with the Tier 1 to develop a shared process for submitting/accepting MDS submittals containing substances that will be phased out prior to a regulatory implementation  date.        (We found this question to be unclear, so would suggest the supplier discuss with the individual OEMs.  Contact information can be found on IMDS website.) 

If GM is exiting Europe, will they still require IMDS entries? My understanding of IMDS is that it is intended to support EU recyclability rules.

IMDS entries will continue to be required for all GM parts, regardless of region.  The GM/Opel split requires IMDS entries for GM parts, IMDS entries for Opel parts (to Opel IMDS  Accounts) and IMDS entries to both GM and Opel for parts that are supplied to both companies.  IMDS data supports compliance to substance and recyclability regulations across the globe.  In addition, GM exited manufacturing operations in the EU, but does continue to sell vehicles in Europe.

How do you change the DUNS # in IMDS?

Answer courtesy of C. LePard, DXC Technologies

The DUNS number can be changed by a Company Administrator In Administration… Company. In the Search Results pane, select your company, right-mouse-click (or use the “Menu” button), then select “Edit”. Do NOT double-click on the Company in the search results as you may routinely do, as the double-click action is View Company Details, which does not allow editing. The Company Details Edit window allows changing the DUNS numbers for both the Company and any Org Units. Note that Company Name cannot be edited; a Company Administrator must email the Helpdesk to request a company name change. Justification may be required.

Why does IMDS not always bring up the latest submission even when using the IMDS number?

Answer courtesy of C. LePard, DXC Technologies

In some circumstances, the “latest” submission is not easily identified. If a supplier sends version 2 of a datasheet, then version 3, and the recipient accepts version 3, then version 2, which one is the “latest? From the supplier’s perspective, it is 3, but from the recipient’s perspective, it is 2, until the revised MDS is referenced from owned datasheets, at which time “latest” becomes indeterminate. There are valid situations where a company will accept revision 3, then revision 2, so we can’t just disable this capability without taking away a capability some companies need. IMDS does issue a warning when the latest version is not the most recent version, but this is about the best the system can do. This will likely remain a problematic situation that those sending and accepting MDSs should avoid creating whenever possible.

Why does it not take a number when adding a new pn to your tree? It goes through the steps but does not appear in the data tree. We have added a part 3 times before the Part Number appeared in the tree.

Answer courtesy of C. LePard, DXC Technologies

I am unaware of any issues adding either MDSs or modules to a tree; this is an action that is performed literally thousands of times a day. It may be browser or cache related. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are the best browsers for IMDS use, and Microsoft Internet Explorer and Opera work OK. Microsoft Edge does not work well; if you are using Edge, you may wish to change browsers. If you still have issues, you may want to flush your cache and try again. If you still have issues, please contact the Helpdesk.

A copy function to copy CAS#/Substance from Excel into IMDS for Creating Materials would be useful

Answer courtesy of C. LePard, DXC Technologies

This is not likely to occur, as adding a substance entails has a lot more work than just loading the substance. All basic substances are reviewed by our chemical consultants before consideration for inclusion in IMDS. Most proposed substances, even with CAS numbers, are found to already exist. Those that are not present must go through a rigorous investigation by which we seek to identify what regulations may pertain, what material classifications are reasonable for the substance, what validations are needed, etc.

When is there going to be an option to add to the system to obsolete accepted data?

Answer courtesy of C. LePard, DXC Technologies

I am unaware of any planned activity or target dates for obsoleting accepted data. Obsoleting owned MDSs was a relatively recent (IMDS Release 10) enhancement. So far as I know, there has been no near-term follow-up proposed for Accepted data. The backlog of “nice to have” enhancements is very sizable. To get approved and funded, an enhancement has to have sufficient justification. If this is important to you, I recommend you provide that feedback with justification through your supplier organization(s). Describe in detail exactly what you want/need to archive, why, and the benefits.

Is there a plan to clean up the published MDS in the system which contains wrong information?

Answer courtesy of C. LePard, DXC Technologies

Yes, there a plan to clean up bad published MDSs, and it is in progress, but it is slow going. The IMDS Data Quality subcommittee, composed of a joint group of OEM and supplier representatives, has been working to remove old bad published data sheets and reduce the creation of new ones. However, it is difficult finding rules that always apply that can be used to clean up bad published data in bulk, and cleaning it up individually is tedious, time-consuming, and unsatisfying. The effort continues, but it will take much longer and be less comprehensive than any of us would prefer.

The polymeric parts marking question – Why do we have the option to check “no” when all OEM’s will for reject for checking no?

Answer courtesy of C. LePard, DXC Technologies

“No” is an option for the polymeric parts marking question because sometimes the polymeric part is not marked. Please remember that the purpose of IMDS is to match reality, and not to answer the way the customer will approve. If you say it is marked in IMDS when you know it isn’t in reality, and it causes an issue down the road, not only are you non-compliant, but you may have also committed fraud. It is far better to work it out with the customer than to knowingly or unknowingly provide a false declaration.

According to IMDS T&C, are you allowed to assign an IMDS ID to someone outside of your company, such as a consultant?

Answer courtesy of C. LePard, DXC Technologies

Whether one is allowed to assign an IMDS ID to someone outside of your company, such as a consultant depends upon the relationship between your company and the “someone outside your company.” The Terms of Use specify that

“The USER is not entitled to assign the rights and obligations granted by DXC, whether in total or in parts, to third parties or to allow usage rights to third parties and/or to grant any sub-license or right to use to any third party.”

However, the definition of “third party” does not exclude all consultants and/or contractors. In general, if the contractor or consultant is working as an employee of the company, is not extracting or using IMDS for anything other than what it is intended, and is not competing with or infringing upon IMDS or supplier intellectual property, they may be permitted to have an IMDS ID in your company. Please feel free to contact us if you are in doubt as to whether a specific situation is allowed. As a reminder, it is never permissible to share an IMDS User ID and/or password with anyone, even within your company.