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    Last updated: 07/2005

    Software: EPC net Version

    Daimler AG


    D-70546 Stuttgart







    EPC net table of contents














    Welcome to EPC net

    EPC net user interface

    Managing shopping lists

    Important functions in the shopping list

    Menu bar

    Important functions in the parts list




    Online Help

    Sending feedback

    Exit EPC net

    Important functions in the picture window

    Getting started with EPC net

  • This Introduction Guide will assist you when working with EPC net for the first time.

    Regardless of whether you are an EPC net beginner or areswitching from EPC Flexible Publishing to EPC net, this guide isdesigned to help you through the first few steps.

    The chapter "Getting started with EPC net" uses practicalexamples to guide you step-by-step through the basic functionsof EPC net. The step-by-step instructions are marked with , , etc.

    In the chapters that follow this, you can familiarize yourself withfurther EPC net functions. This information is marked with , , etc.

    If you have further questions that are not covered in thisintroduction guide, EPC net also contains extensive onlineHelp notes.

  • Indispensable in practice

    E lectronicPartsCatalog

    EPC net represents the latest development in EPC FlexiblePublishing.

    All functions available in EPC Flexible Publishing have been fullyintegrated in EPC net and further functions have been added.

    EPC net assists you in defining your parts volumes up to thepoint where you enter the shopping lists into your accountingsystems for the creation of cost estimates and invoices.

    EPC net contains passenger car and commercial vehicle partsliterature from approximately 1946 and vehicle datacards fromapproximately 1978.

    Welcome to EPC net


  • Parts list Picture

    Shopping listList overview

    EPC net has a Windows-based interface,which provides for optimal handling andnavigation.

    All EPC net functions are clearly arrangedin a main window.

    The main window is divided into thefollowing sections:

    Parts list Picture Shopping list List overview Menu bar Identification number input field/pull-

    down menu Pull-down menus

    EPC net user interface


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  • The size of the individual areas can be altered as desired byclicking on the dividing lines and moving them either up/downor left/right.

    The arrow icons can be used to show or hide the individualareas as desired.

    Click on the icons provided in EPC net in order to execute speci-fic functions.

    Tooltips are provided to explain icon functions. Hover themouse pointer over an icon to reveal the tooltip with a briefdescription of the function.

    The majority of the keyboard shortcuts from EPC FlexiblePublishing have also been taken on in EPC net and are visible inthe tooltips.

    If you have further questions that are not covered in this intro-duction guide, EPC net also contains extensive online Helpnotes. The online Help notes can be opened by clicking the icon.


  • Learn the basic functions of EPC net by working throughthe example below.

    Task:You are looking for the part number for a new steering wheel.

    First you have to determine the vehicle data.

    Determine vehicle data

    Select the World Manufacturer Code WDB for Germany from thepull-down menu.

    Enter the vehicle identification number 2110161A001188 in theinput field and confirm by pressing RETURN .

    If you have a vehicle identification number, you should alwaysenter the entire vehicle identification number into EPC net; inthis way, the vehicle datacard will then be evaluated as well, thereby greatly simplifying parts identification.

    The vehicle data are determined and the "Group" pull-downmenu will open.

    Getting started with EPC net


  • Now you must determine the group andthe subgroup.

    Determine group

    Select group 46 Steering from the"Group" pull-down menu.

    Select subgroup 105 Steering wheeland steering wheel lock from the"Subgroup" pull-down menu.

    The picture and the parts list will beshown.


  • All the part numbers of the whole sub-group are displayed in the parts list, evenif the subgroup is spread across severalpictures. Clicking individual item num-bers in the picture causes only the selec-ted items to be shown in the parts list.

    Activate part number

    Click the item number 10 Steering wheel in the picture.

    Only the part numbers for this item number will be shown in the parts list.

    Activate the part number in the parts listby checking the option button .

    The part number is transferred to theshopping list.

    You have identified the part number for anew steering wheel.


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  • Click the link to show thefootnote.

    Footnotes contain important information that must be taken intoaccount when selecting parts (e.g. ES1 code, ES2 code, ident.end numbers, etc.).

    Close the "footnote" by clicking the button.

    In the current example the ES2 code is displayed directly behindthe part number.

    This may not be the case for other vehicle models.If not, the evaluation of the ES2 code must be carried outmanually using the footnote.

    The icon can be used to print individual areas of EPC net(parts list, picture and shopping list).

    Click the pull-down menu to open the "history." Here, you canfind a list of the last vehicle data entered in EPC net, WIS netand ASRA net.

    Several part numbers contain additional information. The following information must be taken into account for properpart number selection:

    Information from the Datacard

    Code information (passenger cars)SA/component information (commercial vehicles)Construction kit information (buses)

    Footnotes must be evaluated

    Click the icon to show the datacard.

    In order to ensure exact parts identification, the informationfrom the datacard must be taken into account.

    Close the datacard by clicking the button.

    Click the link to show the "code information."

    The "Code information" window contains the text description ofthe code or code character string.

    Close the "Code information" window by clicking the button.


  • The picture contains illustrations of partsalong with mouse-sensitive item numbers.

    Clicking one or more item numbers causes the associated part numbers tobe shown in the parts list.

    Important functions in the picture window


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  • Fit picture to windowYou can click the icon to set the zoom level so that the com-plete picture fits into the picture window.

    Navigate between picturesA group usually contains multiple subgroups. Each subgroupcontains one or more pictures. The pictures are numbered consecutively from beginning to end . You canchange to a specific picture by clicking a number or by using the

    and keys on the keyboard. If there are more than 10 pictures, you can scroll through themin groups of ten using the arrow icons .

    Click on item numberThe item numbers in the pictures are hot spots. Clicking one ormore item numbers causes the associated part numbers to beshown in the parts list.

    Create/show/manage note for pictureThe icon can be used to create, show, delete and print notesfor pictures.The icon indicates that there is a note for thepicture.

    Tear-offThe icon shows the picture in a separate window.The separate window can be closed by clicking once on the icon.

    Deselect all item numbersThe icon deactivates all selected item numbers in the picture. Also, all the part numbers of the whole subgroup aredisplayed in the parts list, even if the subgroup is spread acrossseveral pictures.

    Zoom in/Zoom outThe and icons incrementally enlarge and/or reduce thepicture.

    Select zoom levelYou can click on a zoom level via the "Select zoom level" pull-down menu. The picture will be displayed in the correspondingsize.


  • Parts identification occurs in the parts list.You can activate the option buttons totransfer the part numbers to the shoppinglist.

    Many part numbers contain additional usefulinformation. The following information mustbe taken into account to ensure that youhave selected the correct part number:

    Code information (passenger cars),SA/component information(commercial vehicles),Construction kit information (buses).

    Footnotes must be evaluated.

    Important functions in the parts list


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  • Selecting the option button automatically transfers the partnumber to the shopping list.

    Deselecting the option button removes the part number fromthe shopping list.

    If you want to transfer the part number to a particular shoppinglist which had already been saved previously, it is important thatyou select this shopping list before actually activating the optionbutton.

    Using the icon, you can add a selected part number to theshopping list. You can add the ES1 and ES2 codes, the quantity,the description, and the warranty/goodwill code to the partnumber as required.

    The icon can be used to create, show, delete and print notesfor part numbers.If a note has alre