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Dairy Industry Challenges & Oracle's Solution

In this information age, with increasing awareness, consumers are becoming health conscious & want surety that the food product they consume is Safe.  They are not happy with just to know the location of manufacturing plant, but are interested to know from where the raw material is originally sourced. Dairy industry, which typically produces a range of products for a variety of markets, faces even greater challenge in tracing individual product. This calls for tighter Integration between all the channel partners across the supply chain.  


The dairy industry is a vertically integrated industry with both upstream and downstream trade partners of the supply chain dependent on each other to ensure quality food. I will discuss some of the challenges dairy industry is facing and Oracle's Solution for the same.


Regulatory Requirements & Material Traceability:


To give Consumer confidence about the safety of their product, Dairy industry has to comply with stiff regulatory requirements like HACCP. Material Traceability is another challenge which gains paramount importance in case of Product Recall or Customer Complaints.


Oracle's comprehensive Quality management helps companies with HACCP compliance. Similarly, Oracle's lot traceability feature provides traceability across the entire supply chain which provides much needed assurance of effectively managed Product recall in case of emergency. 


Maintaining Product consistency:


In dairy industry, major raw material i.e. Milk is usually supplied by thousands of farmers with inconsistent quality. Thus providing consistent output product quality with varying input raw material becomes one of the major issues for the Dairy products manufacturers.


With advance oracle features like Accelerated recipe development, Simulators, Formula analysis and Lease cost formulation, the consistent product quality can be obtained with minimum operating cost. Moreover, with features such as Grade Control, Shelf-Life management variability can be precisely tracked with a quality based view of raw materials and products.


Proper production planning & scheduling:


The dairy industries produce range of products, for ex: toned milk, ice cream, butter, flavored milk etc. The same manufacturing facilities can be utilized for producing multiple products in order to have better production efficiency. Production planning and deciding on right product mix is a very critical activity. By-products produced in each of these manufacturing process makes the decision even harder.


Oracle's production scheduler functionality brings best practices to production planning. It allows priority based production scheduling of batches. Oracle's process-specific MES allows for better production management through best-in-class Operator Workbench & built-in device integration capabilities. With release of R12, planning has been taken to another level for process industries, where Oracle's Advanced Supply chain planning (ASCP), well-known for its advanced planning capabilities, come pre-integrated with OPM.


In conclusion Oracle's process manufacturing solution, i.e. Oracle Process Manufacturing (OPM) suite of applications along with ASCP, is designed to provide competitive advantage through accelerated recipe development, advanced production planning & scheduling and, ultimate Production execution capabilities.  Over and Above, an excellent integrated Quality Management system, which provides for automated sampling & approval workflow along with Solid Cost management, provides the necessary icing on the cake. Dairy Industries can do well by considering this option as worthy investment while deciding on appropriate process specific ERP. 



Excellent article. Does Infosys have something like best practices for implementing OPM in the Pharmaceutical industry?

Please share any document stating challenges and requirements faced while implementing ASCP for Oil Industry .

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