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Followings are general information to understand IMDS - taken form – IMDS user manual

Material Data System (IMDS)
General:
By the year 2015, as a result of legislation in some parts of the world, it is expected
that 95% of an automobile will be recyclable. Any company which wants to re-use 95% of a
vehicle in accordance with these legal requirements must already understand the exact
content of the entire vehicle.
In the future, national and international environmental legislation may require every supplier of
a product to be responsible for the product for its entire life (operations, use, removal,
disposal etc.), Examples of these legislations include the EU Directive on End-of life vehicles,
hazardous material legislation etc. In addition to this, suppliers may have to provide
information about all materials used in the product to permit deconstruction of the commonly
used materials, provide input for scientific analysis of the composition, and provide
classification of the levels of danger related to the materials. This requires a detailed
knowledge of the composition of the materials used.
Every company which uses IMDS will have occasion to create, edit, and manage
MDSs. Even if a company only uses IMDS to “pass” information from suppliers to customers,
they still need to create MDSs to attach (reference) a supplier MDS and send to a customer.
An MDS is somewhat analogous to a document in Microsoft Word. Just as a Microsoft
Word document is a container that holds text, tables, illustrations, etc. organized into headers,
footers and bodies, with specified format, size, font, etc., an IMDS MDS is a container which
holds components, materials and basic substances organized into a tree-like structure with
specified names, part numbers, norms and standards, weights, etc.
Every material in IMDS is ultimately comprised of Basic Substances, represented by .
A basic substance can be either a chemical element (examples: iron, copper) or a standard
compound (examples: acrylic resin, zinc oxide). Basic substances are defined by either a
specific Chemical Abstract Number (CAS#) or generically by function. Generally, they fit in

unless the MDS has been published by ILI or Steering Committee (the exception being if the . Recommendation 001 states all IMDS materials (except select IMDS Committee materials) must be ≥ 90% declared. If the portion of a substance is declared as a range. the upper limit of the range is used. (An item which displays “Not specified” is a joker/wild card) . Structure of IMDS data: Jokers/wildcards – A highly confidential. non-prohibited substance “replacement” containing the word “system” as the CAS number. The sum of the maximum portions shall not exceed 10% for each material in an MDS. non-declarable.three distinct categories: Company Registration: Each company or company site is allowed one IMDS registration. In other words. This is done to prevent confusion within their own company and between their company and their customers and suppliers. says no material may contain more than 10% unspecified or confidential substances . These do not describe the substance used.

Confidentiality restricts display of these substances to the company which created the MDS. When this flag is set for specific basic substances. If forwarding is allowed. as these analyses do not reveal information about the structure of the MDS. so never use “publish” for an MDS containing proprietary information. choose a recipient or several recipients on the recipients tab. published MDSs cannot be deleted. Many customers will not accept an MDS with more than 10% of the materials using undeclared substances (including those marked confidential). A company may guarantee the confidentiality of specific MDS information through use of the “confidential” flag. and pass this unchanged MDS to the customer. When a user in another IMDS company requires visibility to substances marked confidential.structure and product type falls into the materials described in Recommendation 010). . This protects certain “ingredients” and recipes. If the sum exceeds this 10% limit. and to those from other companies granted “Trusted user” access. As with accepted MDSs. A supplier must not mark any declarable or prohibited substance as confidential or highly confidential (joker/wildcard). The forward option allows an MDS from a supplier to be proposed directly to a customer. No changes are permitted to the ingredients page of the received/forwarded MDS. Confidentiality is not applied to basic substance analysis or to a basic substance where used analysis. Forwarding MDS forwarding is designed for suppliers such as distributors who do not manufacturer a product but are the provider of record. IMDS will not permit an MDS with more than 10% of the substances marked highly confidential (joker/wildcard). the client manager of the company that creates the material MDS can grant specific users in . Everyone in IMDS can see all substances included in the MDS. Publishing Published MDSs are accessible and completely visible to all IMDS users. the forwarder must populate the Supplier Data with their company information. these substances are replaced with a generic “confidential substance” label when the MDS is sent or proposed to a customer. IMDS generates a warning.

painted & plated – needs to be discussed with any existing IMDS user . Only trustworthy employees of a company should be granted IMDS IDs.another IMDS company visibility through the Administration > “Trust User:” option. For IMDS following points are proposed  Company user ID shall be created  Material details shall be uploaded for each parts  For metal parts – elements like Carbon. Nickel.like. Only users specifically granted “trust user” status can see the true substances underlying confidential substances. NBR  For grease – basic details can be restricted  For coated. Chromium. two companies may exchange a statement of confidentiality stating named IMDS users may see the confidential substances in the received material datasheets. as all users within an IMDS company can view the company’s confidential substances. Outside of IMDS. Molybdenum & micro alloying elements shall be restricted  For non metals – generic grade can be given .