Integrated Casting Order Network (ICON)

ICON is derived from one of the most successful and award-winning programs in recent years through the American Metalcasting Consortium (AMC), the Procurement Solutions Network for Castings. This web-based resource simplifies the procurement process for cast parts for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the procurement agency for the Department of Defense, by leveraging the integration of: 1) a tooling database that cataloged the location of existing defense-related patterns, 2) a casting supplier database of those foundries that manufacture parts for the defense industry, and 3) a solicitation review process to quickly identify government procurements for cast components and direct them to capable metal casting facilities. Further, the capabilities of ICON continue to expand and grow in scope. For detailed information about ICON, visit icon.nffs.org or contact Sheila Rayburn, ICON Program Manager, at (847) 299-0950 or [email protected].

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Procurement Solutions and Tools for Metal Castings

Problem: Castings and assemblies containing metal castings are among the most difficult items for DLA to purchase. Defense contractors often experience significant problems in locating the required foundry tooling and in identifying foundry suppliers capable of meeting material and process requirements. The result is a fragmented supply chain leading to increased costs, long lead times, and an overall reduction in supply chain capability.

Solution: ICON helps restore supply chain integrity for metal castings by providing visibility on the location of defense related foundry tooling, the specific material and process capabilities for hundreds of foundries across the country and by providing access to open bid solicitations available for DLA that contain one or more metal castings.

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ICON Features

Receive Daily Sales Opportunities
ICON provides daily email notifications for open solicitations that meet your material and process capabilities, or your existing tooling, based on your own customizable "bid match" settings for your foundry. The only current eligibility requirement for suppliers to be listed and receive potential business opportunities is that the supplier either currently serves the DoD or has an interest in becoming a supplier in the DoD space.

Set Your Tooling and Supplier Capabilities
ICON is the nation's authoritative source for defense and military foundry tooling records, providing visibility on more than 34,000 tooling records. Quickly identify if foundry tooling exists for specific National Industry Identification Numbers (NIIN) and where it is located. If no tooling exists, use our comprehensive supplier capability database to identify a foundry or machine shop capable of manufacturing your item based upon material and process requirements.

Contract Management
The ICON Contract Management feature gives participants the ability to submit quotations via ICON's unique Quotation Management System (QMS) directly to the DLA Internet Bid Board (DIBBS). The interactive contract features save time and eliminate mistakes. Users can create purchase orders (POs) with the push of a button and/or recall vendor pricing from the database. In addition, users can manage and search procurement history on the entire PO in a single database, including researching, reprinting, and/or re-issuing old purchase orders. Receive and reject orders directly in ICON using the QMS. 

Search Procurement History
Searches by National and NATO Stock Number (NSN), Federal Supply Class (FSC), Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code, description, technical characteristics, NAICS, and more. Build competitive proposals around past procurement price history and win that award!

Inventory Management
ICON will manage and allow buyers to locate item inventory, provide the supplier details associated with the location of that NSN cast component and/or completely assembled item. Once identified, the item can be purchased directly from the supplier.

Messaging
Communicate directly with other suppliers, upload documentation, and complete a quoting process on orders as part of the prime business opportunity.

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Getting Started

Where can I go for information about...?

  • Obtaining a valid CAGE (Commercial and Government Entity) code?
    Register at www.sams.gov (Note: You do NOT need a CAGE code to register in ICON! It is required to be a prime on a government contract.)
  • Obtaining and downloading Technical Data Packages?
    Register at the DLA's Product Data Management Initiative (PDMI) website, cFolders, at: https://pcf1x.bsm.dla.mil/cfolders/
  • Submitting proposals for casting solicitations?
    Register at the DLA Internet Bid Board (DIBBS) website: https://www.dibbs.bsm.dla.gov
  • Signing up to participate in the ICON program?
    Register for ICON at icon.nffs.org

 

The Integrated Casting Order Network (ICON) is sponsored by Defense Logistics Agency - Troop Support (Philadelphia, PA) and Defense Logistics Agency - Information Operations, J68, Research & Development (Ft. Belvoir, VA).