SIMATIC IT Interspec
Product Specification Management System for Process Industries
Siemens SIMATIC IT Interspec is a configurable product specification management system for process industries, to develop, configure and manage all product specifications (e.g. raw materials, intermediate and finished products, packaging materials, …).
It stores all specifications across a corporation in a single, controlled data repository.
In the current global market landscape of mergers, acquisitions and strategic divestments brand value can be maximized through efficient innovation processes and centralised product specification management. Efficient innovation processes will not only positively influence time-to-market, they will also support the harmonization of product ranges, centralised purchasing and collaboration with strategic partners along the supply chain.
For efficient specification management SIMATIC IT Interspec includes functionality for configurable workflows, lifecycle control, versioning, access rights and audit trails for all product-related intellectual property (i.e. product characteristics, quality norms, formulas, recipes, production methods, product label, etc.)
It includes a web-enabled reporting tool to perform calculations and basic statistic operations on data for claim declaration and nutritional calculation.
SIMATIC IT Interspec supports full integration with ERP, SCM, PLM, MES, and LIMS to avoid overhead in these systems. This facilitates new product development and introduction, and enforces consistent use of correct product data throughout the enterprise.
- Manufacturers must respond with significant reductions in their time to market, with massively improved flexibility to enable individualized mass production, all at reduced energy and resource consumption.
- Solutions to address these challenges are developed by initiatives better known under buzz words like the “Internet of Things” and “Industrie 4.0”.
Product development and innovation have many different facets, each with its own challenges to optimize and improve the overall process.
Every single item, like a formula, recipe, ingredient, label or artwork element are like little cogs – part of an overall larger machine.
And of course, as a company you would like this machine to run a fast and efficient as possible.
Also, today most goods and a growing share of services are ‘made in the world’, and not just produced in just one country.
Of course, this is adding additional complexity in terms of keeping everything aligned and synchronized.