Consolidate data before building product specifications
Lacom’s PLM provides a unique repository for paperless new product development (NPD) related information: such as raw material and packaging characteristics, mandatory files, suppliers’ details, etc. You define every item using a form with various fields to be completed, either free-format or from lists of existing options including classifications, nutrients, ingredients, physical-chemical criteria, and many more.
All specifications are stored to build a healthy and logical database. Data formats, dependency relationships and criticality levels are all met, and then positioned in the NPD process. This makes finding and using data in later steps intuitive, efficient, and secure.
Secure critical tasks
Lascom’s PLM comes with a comprehensive set of functional modules such as the formulation tool. This automatically calculates the product’s nutritional facts panel, ingredients statement, allergen list, claims and so on. It then uses this to generate the product label in several languages, and in complete compliance with your marketing and regulatory requirements.
This considerably secures and speeds up time-consuming steps such as formulation, prototype simulation, generating specifications or regulatory compliance approval. Significant direct advantages in the form of a safer final product and a much shorter time-to-market are the result.
The PLM stores all the information related to your products and packaging and keeps track of every modification. Your R&D team can consequently start to formulate by taking any finished product or prototype that already exists as a start point. When altering a raw material specification, you can also assess all the products might be affected and update their specifications accordingly.
Collaborate efficiently with your teams, suppliers and partners
Companies have to orchestrate both their internal processes and their relationships with external stakeholders: suppliers, laboratories, creative agencies… Lascom’s PLM safely secures all these interactions.
First, every external stakeholder can access your repository with the supplier portal, which is a strictly controlled administration. They can capture various information such as raw material or packaging specifications, certificates, plant locations, company details and so on. Product specifications can also be imported via automatic uploads of Excel sheets.
Second, its workflow engine lets you model all your NPD processes: task sequences, critical steps, delays, validators… It also sends reminders and alerts to concerned users and creates project management reports.
Suppliers can provide the raw material and packaging specifications directly with the dedicated portal or via Excel templates. The Research & Development and Quality team can retrieve this information to formulate the product, simulate different prototypes, generate the batch sheets and the finished product’s specifications. They can easily send these documents to internal validators, production plants and the customer. This workflow ensures that all who are involved verify and approve that all required information and documents are accurate.