ProductVision’s Formula Management Software shortens and streamlines your product development process, resulting in faster time to market. It automates formula development and management with automatic calculation of product and costing information. The ProductVision’s Formula Management software is a rapid product development tool that manages all aspects of the creation of product development from the initial concept through retirement. All recipe revisions are automatically maintained. New ingredients and recipes may be copied entirely from existing items, or you may create new items by “dragging” parts of an existing item to the new ingredient or recipe. The flexible recipe editor allows freeform entry of an unlimited number of lines, including unlimited levels of intermediate formulas. Instruction text may be inserted anywhere in the recipe to enhance readability.
Multi-level “where-used” and global component replacement features allow rapid and accurate substitution of obsolete ingredients. The Formula Management Software’s automated “alerts” functionality provides instant notification of issues during creation. Formulators can focus on what’s important – creating and enhancing products for quicker release to the marketplace.
With Formula Management’s “Graphical What-If” analysis, you can quickly prototype new products. You may set a target property or cost value for a formula/recipe, “float” one or more components, and have the system arrive at the correct composition to meet the target. Alternately, a formula’s composition can be directly edited and Formula Management will recalculate and display the new formula properties. An unlimited number of alternate formulas can be created and viewed on-screen. Selected property values can be graphed for convenient visual analysis. Experimental formulas developed using “Graphical What-If” can be saved to the permanent formula file.
Formula Management’s powerful query tool allows you to quickly locate existing products that match or approximate specific customer requests, thus allowing you to provide better service by saving time and effort. All information can be queried inside the system including user-entered or calculated data. For example, the system could be asked “find me all recipes containing ingredients from a specific supplier” or “find me all recipes under a specific cost with specific nutrition information”. Query results can be sorted, grouped and easily exported to common formats for use outside of the system. Complex queries can also be saved as templates for later use and easily shared with other users.