Manufacturers are required to hold a wide range of product related information for both internal and external uses. They must prepare product information for customers and regulatory authorities in various forms which involves compiling information held in spreadsheets or document formats and ensuring the information is accurate at all times.
BOMS AND RECIPES.
The manufacturing systems should be able to specify how a product is made in a comprehensive manner by providing the ability to hold:
- A multilayered structure of all Finished Goods, Work In Progress and Raw Materials and have it graphically displayed in a tree structure.
- Each stage, operation or route, the standard setup times, run rates, process instructions and rules.
- Revision control tracking versions and release processes.
- Multiple units of measurements and tracking levels.
- Multi-level cost types support up to 5 different cost types to provide effective cost control and budgeting.
- Ingredients, processes, labour and outwork defined at any layer of the recipe.
- Unlimited levels.
- New product recipes defined in terms of production or laboratory design\test sizes.
- Quality data and critical control points (CCPs) defined on any product at any process stage and at any level.
- Allergens and Country of Origin identified and are rolled up through the product layers to be available for immediate reporting and labelling of finished products.
Computer generated labels and related bar coding is almost always used in a modern manufacturing operation. When batch tracking is an added requirement, the use of barcodes become even more important to accurate and efficient processing.
Labelling information should be held as part of the integrated manufacturing system, so that the variable information can be entered once and used for automated printing of the labels on all forms of packaging. Information that is held in separate systems (i.e. multiple spreadsheets) introduces obvious potential points of failure.
INTEGRATED PRODUCT DATA FORMS THE BASIS OF EFFICIENT OPERATIONS
A comprehensive manufacturing system should support the ability to hold a wide range of information against the product code and track the changes of that information when the product is changed and updated.
Doing it once and doing it right pays huge dividends in terms of accuracy and efficiency.