DevEX, Selerant's web-based Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software, has a configurable, scalable core, capable of growing with a corporation as its needs change. DevEX's add-on modules each have add-on features and toolsets. Each seamlessly integrates with each other, as well as with other legacy systems for a comprehensive solution.
Not only does DevEX provide a cohesive solution, but a cyclical one.
Many formula-based based manufacturers seek out PLM solutions that will guide them to a successful new product development and introduction (NPDI). The problem arises when they find that the solution doesn’t necessarily work as they work.
Many PLM solution providers look at the NPDI in a straight line, a succession of events that should occur in a logical sequence.
Selerant takes a different approach with its PLM solution- DevEX, based on over 20 years of experience and partnering with leaders in formula-based manufacturing. While including each of the previous stages, the succession or relay of events does not occur in the same order.
Instead of isolating each stage, Selerant seamlessly integrates each of DevEX’s modules and in turn, unites the processes and data within each stage. The critical data within each stage elevates in both visibility and timeliness. Here are just a few examples:
Marketing can see regulatory claims to determine product requirements
R&D can run compliance analysis during development to see if there will be any compliance issues and make adjustments to formulas immediately
Regulatory Compliance can alert marketing to new laws for labeling as packaging concepts are being created
Commercialization teams can begin creating final product specifications from data in the R&D departments
In addition to raising visibility and efficacy, the parallel process lifecycle also significantly reduces the timeframe and budget of the traditional lifecycle by 40%.
Integrated Data, Best Practices and Clear Visibility
DevEX ensures project’s timelines and budgets stay on track with tools designed to manage project tasks, collaborate more effectively, and ensure quality across the tasks completed.
Managing tasks has now become a simpler process with a two-way connection between DevEX and Microsoft Project.
Team members can publish DevEX projects into Project, and Project files back into DevEX. They will have a simple timeline view to see critical dates, such as milestones, as well as when a task has been completed. In addition to the timeline view, a user can also see tasks in the new Silverlight Gantt View. This view allows tasks to be added with a drag and click as well as an overview to be seen in a graph layout.
Equally essential, once changes are made, they can be sent out via RSS feeds to subscribers for project status, task status, or activity reports.
The tasks all come from a defined library of standardized workflow templates that include best practice methodology. These templates enable corporations to quickly create and begin projects. Better yet, these workflows can be customized for a specific corporation’s culture at implementation and configured using a graphical interface as new standards of procedure are implemented.
Corporations can easily create a workflow template by copying an existing template or by creating an entirely new template. DevEX uses these templates as a blueprint for the project, assigning tasks and resources.
Best practices through StageGate checks higher quality, fewer errors, and lower costs.
DevEX equips corporations with StageGate methodology, ensuring quality controls through a series of checks, approvals, and activations during manufacturing and beyond, elevating visibility, auditing, and tracking.
Product Requirements and Specifications
Control from Concept to Commercialization
DevEX’s Product Data Management empowers corporations to dictate what they want in a product and then carefully track each version with a clear snapshot of every product, down to the granular level.
This elevates visibility, allowing team members to see a distinct progression of each product—from the original product requirements through to the finished product specifications.
As each product is made up of materials, corporations can control the materials themselves. How they are created, what fields are defined, and what they are called (for culturally-sensitive regions as well as proprietary formulas).
Each company accepts that changes will undoubtedly happen with every product launch, but now DevEX allows them to take control of the changes. Corporate-defined configurations at implementation enable the corporation to have a completely individualized approach to change—from the reporting structure to how they are approved.
In addition to defining changes, companies can make global changes for specifications, such as changing one ingredient for another (and also specifying a specific amount of the ingredient to be substituted—by % or actual amount). As each change is made, a new version of the specification is made, escalated through an approval process, and then activated, capturing the snapshot of the product.
Changes factor into only part of the equation. Nearing the end of every product launch are the critical details that define the commercialization processes. These complexities define the success of the launch as they finalize the face of the product—from the Bill of Materials, to the labeling and complete manufacturing instructions for each region where the product will be produced.
DevEX enables each corporation to configure and generate these final product specifications, and equally as integral, track every change afterwards—including during manufacturing and beyond, elevating visibility, auditing, and tracking.
Formula and Recipe Management Created With R&D Team Members
DevEX’s Product Development module enables you to leverage the past, analyze the present, and quickly prototype the future.
Much more than history, companies can search through past formulations in their databases using advanced searches to radically cut their development timelines.
Once found, formulas can be examined and analyzed with unique views that compare and contrast to highlight differences in ingredients, cost, allergens, and other key material specifications attached to ingredients (and visible to developers).
These views can be simple, or can go into a hierarchical view of the recipe, supplying an overview of each stage and process with the ability to drill down into specific phases, formulas-within-a-formula and steps for manufacturing.
In addition, they can elevate visibility for the original product requirements, view a customer profile (ex: if the customer requires all products to be certified organic), and see new materials as they are added in real time with their vendor specifications to the Material List.
Beyond views, team members can go deeper through seamless integration with the Regulatory Compliance module for detailed formula analysis of regional compliance issues as well as any configured guidelines*.
Developers can most certainly speed things along with two definitive toolsets—rapid prototyping and optimization. While very different, both rely upon defined constraints and both utilize a complex set of calculations to quickly return a (re)defined formulation in a matter of seconds vs. days (or in some cases weeks, even months).
Manage Compliance Issues Throughout The Changes
In DevEX, Regulatory Compliance not only takes place after development, but throughout development. Seamlessly integrating with the Product Development module, the Regulatory Compliance analysis tools become continuously available to developers who can then see if a formula will comply with all of the selected regions.
Using a proprietary database of manageable issues, DevEX analyzes the formula against the defined guidelines (compliance issues). Not only can corporations review their current formulas for compliance, but can prepare for upcoming legislation or define corporate standards with these Regulatory Framework™ guidelines.
In addition to analyzing formulas, Selerant has created a methodology within DevEX that enables corporations to initiate the development process based on a regulatory compliance issue—a nutritional claim.
This cyclical process begins with the concept, but the concept takes root not in just demographics, but also within the claim itself. The product requirement and the claim (ex: low fat), then become visible to the development team who once validating the formula, return it to the Regulatory team for regulatory compliance checks and document generation.
Team members can easily generate regulatory compliance documentation through an extensive library of analysis as templates for government agencies that can also be translated into over 200 languages. Each document can be generated individually or through an automated batch report, delivered via email.
Simplifying Compliance Management does not mean you dilute the solution. You only simplifying the entirety of the solution, you actually make the tools much stronger.