Wednesday, December 12, 2012

PLM, Project Management and Deliverables

For the end of the year, beCPG introduced a new module for project management within its PLM.
This module comes in addition to Workflows already in place. It allows you to manage projects directly in a Collaborative Site or more generally in the Project Repository.

With project templates, the project manager can create easily new projects pre-configured.
The project manager configures or redefines tasks and resources of the project, then he can start the project.

Task list
Project task list

Adhoc workflows or more complex workflows can be launched automatically on each task allowing flexibility in the progress of the project and its follow-up.

Screens displays projects and tasks completion, expected deliverables (ToDo list).

Project overview
Projects overview

The Gantt view displays the actual schedule and forecast of each project.

Gantt view

Each project task is online editable from the view tracking.

Task edition

Permissions on fields and nodes present in beCPG are applicable to this module. It is therefore easy to define editable fields by the manager and those editable by contributors.

You can have data lists in a Collaborative Site to manage Issues, Change Requests, New Ideas,...

Datalists for project management

Finally, you can also do scorecards on projects to compare them : Strategic, Risk, Budget, Resource.
Project scorecard

This video presents the project management module (don't forget to zoom and change the resolution) :

Monday, December 3, 2012

Software Product Information File (PIF) in Cosmetic industry

The new European Cosmetic Regulations No 1223/2009 applicable to July 11, 2013 requires manufacturers to provide the Product Information File (PIF) for each cosmetic product placed on the market.

beCPG PLM software allows you to manage all product data required for the creation of this file:
  • The qualitative and quantitative composition of the cosmetic product with the codes, labeling, INCI, CAS, functions, REACH information, etc. ...
  • The physico-chemical and microbiological characteristics of raw materials and cosmetics
  • Criteria of purity and microbiological control of cosmetic product
  • Description of the conditions of manufacture and control in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
  • Packaging data
  • Uses of the product
  • Exposure data
  • Toxicological profiles
  • Safety data information (MSDS material safety data sheet)
  • etc ...
Its collaborative platform helps services to work together on new product development (NPD) from the idea generation through to project close:
  • Marketing
  • R&D
  • Quality
  • Purchases
  • Industrial trials
  • Controlling
  • etc ...

beCPG centralizes all product information needed to compile the Product Information File:

  • Finished products
  • Raw materials
  • Packaging
  • Physico-chemical and microbiological data
  • Control plans
  • Regulatory data
  • Safety data, toxicological data, ...
  • Documentation
  • Quantitative and qualitative composition of the product
  • Formulation with constraints (regulatory and clients)
  • Automatic calculation for costs, allergens, ingredients (INCI, CAS), nutritional values​​, etc ...
  • Optimization of formula
  • Automatic generation of Product Information File
  • Automatic generation of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
  • Analysis reports 
Project management
  • Monitoring of new product developments
  • Monitoring the creation of the Product Information Files
  • Actions and expected deliverables at each stage of the project
  • Project resources
  • Project costs

Some links:

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Product Information Management for Food and Cosmetic industries

beCPG software is often presented as a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) specialized for Food and Cosmetic industries.

We will see that beCPG can also be considered as a Product Information Management (PIM) for Food and Cosmetic industries.

Product information management or PIM refers to processes and technologies focused on centrally managing information about products, with a focus on the data required to market and sell the products through one or more distribution channels.

The increasing number of channels for product data (e.g., web sites, print catalogs, electronic data feeds) emphasized the need for product information management, as information kept by businesses is frequently scattered throughout disparate departments and held by certain employees or systems instead of being available centrally. Data are often saved in various formats like spreadsheets, personal databases or even only available in hard copy form.

A centralized product data management

beCPG provides centralized access to data through its repository. It centralizes product information, projects, raw materials, clients, suppliers and maintains consistency and product sheets up-to-date.

Its data model is extensible and configurable to store all information related to products and documentation.

Certification documentation (IFS, BRC, ISO ...), nutritional labeling, allergens, recipe, costs, where-useds, ... are natively supported by the engine.

beCPG allows your suppliers to fill the information of raw materials and packaging directly to save time and avoid errors.

Information diffusion

beCPG is also a tool for Global Data Synchronization (GDS).
It allows you to exchange product data with your partners through GDSN product catalogs (GS1), mailing lists and all other catalogs connected to the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB).

Finally, beCPG ensures a consistent integration with the Information System through its Enterprise Service Bus and its Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA).

Friday, October 26, 2012

Ecodesign and Formulation for food and cosmetic products

According to Wikipedia, Ecodesign is defined as:

"Ecodesign is an approach that takes into account the environmental impacts in the design and product development and integrates environmental aspects throughout its life cycle (from raw materials to end of life through the production , logistics, distribution and use)."

These issues can be taken into account during the design of the product by a PLM system. Here's how beCPG will manage eco-design for food and cosmetic products.


beCPG will manage carbon footprint, water consumption, energy use, eutrophication and other criteria related to eco-design. The eco-design criteria are taken into account by the formulation of the product and it will optimize the choice of:
  • Raw Material
  • Packaging
  • Manufacturing process
  • Supply chain and transportation
A configurable system can guide the selection of components by displaying an icon of "environmental impact".


The standard features of beCPG allow the analysis of the carbon footprint and management of eco-design:
  • Detection of components or suppliers that have a strong environmental impact
  • Product Portfolio Analysis
  • Simulation and comparison of several scenarios
  • Centralization and data sharing related to eco-design
  • Dashboards and indicators
  • Impact analysis
  • Improve time-to-market

Ecodesign in screenshots

Taking in account eco-design is easy for product designers. They define components used by product and system will calculate the environmental impact assessment.

The choice of raw materials

The choice of packaging
The choice of manufacturing processes

The balance of the eco-design

Analysis of CO2 equivalent for raw materials

Friday, October 5, 2012

Cost and nutrition analysis in formulation

In September, a new feature came in beCPG.
The ability to display details of characteristics of the product as charts (costs, nutrients, ingredients, physicochemical).

For example, in the list of nutrient facts, select the nutrients you want to analyse:


And click on details:

You can change the type of chart and export the data to Excel:

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

New Product Development software for Food and CPG industries

According to Stevens, G.A. and Burley:

  • For every 4 projects that enter development, only 1 makes it to the market
  • At launch, at least 1 of 3 products fail despite research and planning
  • An estimated 46% of all resources allocated to product development and commercialization by U.S. firms is spent on products that are cancelled or fail to yield an adequate financial return

Development and launch of new products is a critical activity for CPG industries like Food and Cosmetic. To do this, beCPG offers project management for New Product Development (or New Product Introduction NPI) which relies on several tools:

  • the workflow engine
  • the product repository to manage specifications
  • the formulation to take in account business rules
  • reports to facilitate monitoring of R&D studies
  • collaborative spaces to work in teams on projects

Of course, the NPD management can be customized to best suit your needs.


The workflows define:

  • the sequence of the process steps
  • actors
  • alerts, reminders and deadlines

So, they automate milestone between actors. Here is an example of NPD workflow:


The repository stores information about products and R&D projects by defining technical data:

  • the type of data and constraints
  • forms for User Interface
  • rights
It will reduce repetitive tasks and check data integrity.

Reports to follow R&D studies

Reports and analysis cubes facilitate the monitoring of R&D engineering to determine:
  • where are your projects
  • who works on projects
  • the delayed projects, those in advance

So, you have an overview of your R&D projects.

Collaborative sites

The duration of projects and the growing number of actors require the creation of collaborative workspaces that allow:
  • creating a virtual team for the project
  • sharing project information (planning, documents, reports, emails, etc ...)
  • having a project structure with expected deliverables
  • sharing of content in real time
  • accessing to information from your PC, tablet or smartphone

1. Stevens, G.A. and Burley, J. - 3,000 Raw Ideas = 1 Commercial Success!, (May/June 1997) Research Technology Management, Vol. 40, #3, pp. 16-27.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Feed formulation and nutrition facts for animals

The fabrication of animal feeds requires to take into account several criteria:
  • A balanced diet
    • energy is provided by cereals and corn
    • animal and vegetable proteins brought ​​by animal meal, soybean and peanuts
    • minerals
    • vitamins
    • additives (antioxidants, antibiotics, coccidiostats)
  • Requirements and nutrition standards

Depending on the animal and its stage of growth, its needs and its digestion are different, for example:

Newborns easily digest milk (lactose) but are unable to take advantage of other carbohydrates. In calves, growth is slowed if we replace lactose by another source of carbohydrates.

For that, beCPG provides a product repository to manage raw materials, recipes and nutritional profiles.

Creating a recipe is easily performed by adding raw materials and premix:

In one click, the formulator gets the costs and nutritional values of the blend to compare with the nutritional profiles:

- chicken growth period of 1 to 28 days
- chicken finishing period from 29 to slaughter
- hen
- pork maternity
- pig fattening
- etc ...

The impact of raw materials on the cost of the product or on a nutrient can be identified quickly with graphics.

Finally, requirements not complied are displayed to the user.

More information:

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Top 10 reasons to use beCPG PLM for Google Apps

Working in a CPG or Food company ? Tired of using excel stylesheets?  beCPG is what you are looking for!

beCPG provides a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution serving the industries of Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) such as Food & Beverage, Cosmetics and Feed. 

10 reasons to adopt it!

1 - Integrated with your google Apps

With this new offer, you can now install and integrate beCPG to your Google Apps domain:

No need to enter your username and password in beCPG, users can directly access your domains in beCPG via their Google account. You also have the option to edit online documents, spreadsheets and presentations directly into Google Drive.

2 - Product management

- centralized product data management
- central source of history
- document management based on Alfresco
- report generator to produce documents such as Product Specification, Factory Specification

3 - Formula and recipe management

Manage your recipes and optimize them:
- recipe costing
- allergen data
- nutrition declaration and nutritive profiles (international databanks such as USDA, CIQUAL)
- labeling of ingredients / INCI / CAS
- constraints and optimization of formulation

4 -  Project management

Several workflows for new product development.

5 - Quality management

- document management
- non-conformities, customer complaints and corrective actions
- quality controls

6 - Rapid benefits

- improve time-to-market
- reduce repetitive tasks
- 1 piece of data, 1 point of entry, 1 source of the ‘truth’
- achieve global regulatory compliance

7 - Modern User Interface

beCPG provide a modern web 2.0 interface with HTML 5 and  Drag&Drops features.

8 - Manage your social publication

beCPG can publish content on best known social media :

  • FlickR
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Youtube
  • Linkedin
  • SlideShare

This probably will seduce your communication and marketing teams ! They can easily communicate on the launch of your new products!

This feature provides a real comfort and a number of advantages:

  • no need to share an account which is a guarantee of safety
  • administration of users and groups allowed to publish on each network
  • ability to publish content such as documents, images, presentations, videos
  • publish on several social networks
  • facility to update content on social networks

9 - No need of infrastructure

beCPG SaaS is an infrastructure available 24H/24H 7J/7 everywhere on the world. You only need to worry about your work!

10 - Free Trial

So what you are waiting for ?

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