Have just seen this notice when I logged into the EPC this morning. They are moving over to a new system next year and access to the old EPC will be discontinued in 2 weeks time.
The explanation from MB is as follows:This service will be discontinued on 14.12.2018. For details please check the introductory text of this page.
So from what I understand, until the new system goes live "starting in early February", you will be unable to look up part numbers etc between 14th December and that date. So for those of you working on any projects over xmas etc, now would be a good time to access the EPC and get your part numbers before it's taken offline. Fingers crossed we will continue to have access to this as before, for me this has been one of the most handy aspects of being an official MB club member - I would happily pay my $48 per year membership just for the ability to access the EPC!Dear Mercedes-Benz Club Members,
Most of you may be familiar with the Electronic Parts Catalogue (EPC for short), which is freely accessible to members of the officially recognised Mercedes-Benz brand clubs via our ClubLounge.
Daimler AG has decided to replace the EPC with the all-new XENTRY Portal for institutional users (branches, dealers, etc.) to ensure a streamlined, up-to-date offering for various different user groups around the world as we move forward. For individuals and other users the SAI-Portal was launched, including the ISP Parts Information as all new application replacing the EPC.
Following the successful launch of the XENTRY Portal during the course of the year, technical support for the predecessor EPC system can now no longer be maintained and the Electronic Parts Catalogue will be discontinued on 14.12.2018.
The EPC will therefore no longer be accessible via our ClubLounge starting 14.12.2018.
To ensure that you can access the new SAI-Portal for individuals in future, we are maintaining close contact with the respective specialist departments. Since the new system is subject to the latest legal regulations regarding data protection and security requirements, it is not possible to use the SAI-Portal via the ClubLounge without entering personal SAI-Portal registration and user login details as for the previous EPC offering.
This is why we are working hard on implementing personalised SAI-Portal registration for club members via our ClubLounge. The goal is to go online by the end of January 2019 with a corresponding SAI-Portal registration tool in the ClubLounge. All club members looking to use the SAI-Portal in future can sign up as users via the aforementioned registration tool. Personalised SAI-Portal access will be enabled starting in early February.
The process described will ensure that all system-side requirements for the SAI-Portal are met and is currently the only way of offering the required services to club members.
As such, you will not be able to access the new SAI-Portal and the ISP Parts Information when the EPC is taken out of service until after you have successfully completed the SAI-Portal registration procedure.
Following your SAI-Portal registration, however, the ISP Parts Information will be available to you around the clock with personalised access and you can push ahead your repair and restoration works for the 2019 classic car season.
Notwithstanding the above you are always invited to contact your trusted Mercedes-Benz branches and dealers in case of any spare part issues.
We will inform you promptly about all further steps when we go online with SAI-Portal registration in the ClubLounge, which is scheduled to take place at the end of January.
Until then, we hope that the days leading up to Christmas are not all too stressful, that you enjoy the holiday season and enter the new year with a happy, healthy fresh start!
Your Mercedes-Benz Classic Club Management