Product Development is the core of what differentiates us from other vendors in the process manufacturing space. Our solution from Inventory up has been designed for process manufacturing companies, and Product Develop is a key process for them. During this section we will cover many Oracle differentiators and strengths.
Product development is typically the starting point of any production design cycle. During product development the recipe, formula, routings and process parameters will be established for a produce requiring a production process to be created.
To help with terminology we’ll take a moment to describe standard process manufacturing development terms.
Formula – a formula is some times referred to as a BOM (bill of materials). It represents the ingredients, items that go into a product. It also include the product(s) (yes, multiple products can be made in a process formula. These are called co-products), and by-products. An easy way to understand co-products and by-products is by thinking co-products are things you meant to get out of your production process. For example in chicken disassembly, co-products could be the breast, legs, and wings. A by-product is something you didn’t intend to get out of the production process, but you have to track it for regulatory requirements and/or you can do something with it. Examples of a by-product in the chicken disassemble process are; feet, beaks, extra skin and blood. These are not items typically a disassembling process is trying to get, but are products they can either sell, use in other processes or need to track the disposal.
Routing – A routing is a sequenced set of operations to perform to complete a production batch. The operations are presented in a series of steps that organize these operations into an orderly set of activities that have individual resources associated to them.
Recipe – Recipes standardize the structure of all information that describes production of one or more products. Or more simple described as the marriage of a formula and a routing to make a given product a specific way.
• Formulas that define the relationship of material resources, including products, ingredients, and byproducts.
• Routings that define the relationships of nonmaterial resources, including labor and equipment operations with activities and their associated resource. Routings are optional.
• Processing instructions that encompass the work instructions needed to produce the products.
End-to-End Development Management
This entire flow typically is followed during a new product introduction process. Starting from the left in the design phase, and including the schedule, production and test phases as well. Typically the tail end is done in a laboratory environment, meaning the recipe can not be used for general production. The laboratory environment may require use of the standard production machines. With OPM both of these requirements can be respected.
Oracle Recipe Development
Also as we discussed in the Process overview section, Oracles recipe development process is designed to help manufactures get their products to market faster, while adhering to internal and external quality and regulatory requirements.
From beginning to end, the process of creating or modifying Recipes is streamlined in OPM New Product Development. Recipes, Formulas, Routings and/or Operations seamlessly flow through their development and production life-cycles with a simple change of status. Status rules define when a Recipe, Formula or Routing or Operation can be produced or changed.
When formulating a new product, you can create new formulas entirely from scratch, or copy and modify existing formulas. When a formula is assigned an approved laboratory status, you can model and pilot new formulations containing experimental items without inadvertently sending experimental formulas to production. In order to quickly finalize the formula structure, New Product Development contains analysis tools to model and predict physical or technical characteristics of the finished product from ingredient characteristics.
When the formula and recipe are ready for production, a status change to ‘Approved For General Use’ allows the Production module to create production batches for the new product.
Research and development (R&D) staff can use OPM New Product Development to achieve the following:
· Establish new formulations
· Adjust ingredient quantities
· Experiment with new ingredients
· Calculate product technical characteristics before producing expensive, time-consuming lab test batches