Integrating Batch Automation with New Product Development: Meeting the Challenge

Overview:

A major cosmetics manufacturer had just finished the first production run of a brand new skin cleanser, when the error was discovered – an ingredient in the cleanser was wrong. Upon investigating, it was discovered that a data entry person had accidentally keyed not the final approved formula, but a previous unapproved version into MES/ERP. The entire production run, including bottles and labels, was disposed of at a $250,000 loss. Traditionally, it has been difficult for product developers to share information not just with manufacturing, but even among themselves. Formulas, and other product development data has been scattered across the enterprise in various R&D labs, and isolated in spreadsheets, legacy systems, disorganized file cabinets or lab notebooks. Due to the lack of a centralized product development information system linked to MES/ERP, formulas have usually been manually keyed, inevitably creating batch errors. A new breed of product development software has emerged that centralizes all product development data, automates the product development process and creates a seamless link between R&D and MES/ERP, ensuring accurate and timely communication not only of new product formulas, but also of modifications to existing formulas. This presentation will highlight this software and detail how it can be used to improve integration of batch automation with new product development.

Author: Steve Phelan, Senior Vice-President, Formation Systems Inc.  | File Type: PDF

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