ProductVision The Essence of Product Development Software
ASD
Advanced Software Designs, Inc.

FAQ’s

Why ASD?

Advanced Software Designs has been developing and marketing software expressly for process manufacturers since 1985. ASD’s only focus is to provide the finest Formulation and Regulatory Compliance software available for process industries. Advanced Software Designs currently has over 400 customers worldwide.

Who needs ProductVision in a process manufacturing company?

Product Developers who need to quickly create new products, from inception through shipping. ProductVision tracks the entire development cycle. The flexible user-defined property capabilities let paint formulators quickly calculate pigment concentrations, % Solids and other critical properties. This capability works just as well for food formulators that need instant access to the nutritional profile of a new or revised product.

Regulatory Managers who need to create the necessary material safety data sheets and product label text.

Food Technologists who need Nutrition Facts labels for their products.

R&D and Account Managers who need tools provided by the Project, and Workflow modules to manage the development effort.

On which platforms does ProductVision work?

The ProductVision client is currently supported on Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Does ProductVision have three-tier/thin client capability?

Yes, ProductVision can be utilized with the industry standard for thin client architecture from Citrix, an ASD technology partner. The Citrix software creates a thin client environment through which even older, less powerful PCs can run ProductVision.

Which databases does ProductVision support?

ProductVision requires an enterprise back-end database of either Microsoft SQL (version 2005 or later) or Oracle (version 10g or above).

How does ProductVision work so well for different types of process manufacturers?

The user-defined properties in ProductVision allow the user to tailor the software for a specific process industry. Properties are user-defined, industry characteristics that describe Resources or Formulas. Properties can be numeric values, logical true/false values, character, or date fields. Examples of properties for a food and beverage manufacturer might include calculations for product calories, sodium level, saturated fat or Brix (sugar solids) level. A paint or coatings manufacturer may want to track formula VOCs, PVCs or two component calculations of NCO to OH ratios. The standard ProductVision installation includes sets of properties specifically designed for your industry.

Does ProductVision have the ability to integrate into different ERP systems?

Yes, ProductVision is capable of integrating data with external systems so that information can be shared. Data can be imported or exported using common file formats including simple text files, XML, Excel or via SQL tables. Intelligence built into the integration module can also automatically track new and changed information allowing external systems to reflect the changes as they occur.

How does ASD help it’s customers implement ProductVision?

Based upon years of experience, Advanced Software Designs creates a custom implementation and training schedule for each ProductVision installation. With data import capabilities already built-in to ProductVision, the time consuming task of re-entering data from existing systems is greatly decreased. In addition, because ProductVision uses all standard Windows software conventions, training requirements are reduced if the users are familiar with other Windows packages, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.