OKI and ISID to Provide Chemical Information System as Cloud Computing Services
Enhancing “PLEXUS” cloud computing service for manufacturers aiming for global deployment
TOKYO - OKI (OKI Electric Industry) and ISID (Information Services International-Dentsu) today announced the launch of “PLEXUS CM” which incorporates part of OKI’s “COINServ®-COSMOS-R/R”, system for managing information on chemicals found in products, as a new choice from the menu of features provided as part of ISID’s “PLEXUS” enterprise product life-cycle management (PLM)(*1) cloud computing service. The two companies reached an agreement in the area of cloud computing services for manufacturers who are aiming for global deployment in May 2011 and had been developing and examining services jointly. The new service will be offered today to the global market.
The increasingly stringent environmental laws and regulations being enacted worldwide include the RoHS Directive(*2) and REACH Regulation(*3) in the European Union (EU). These measures impose upon electric, electronics, machinery, and other manufacturing industries a growing need to manage information on chemical substances throughout the supply chain, including parts procurement and assembly. The information on chemical substances contained in products to be managed ranges from electronic components and mechanical components to coatings and adhesives. Year after year, regulations cover an expanding range of materials. The task of accurately managing such information and reporting it to customers now poses significant burdens for companies active in manufacturing industries, particularly those active globally and operating both domestic and overseas design and production facilities.
“The new ”PLEXUS CM“ is a service that enhances communications on chemical substances. ISID has expanded OKI’s ”COINServ®-COSMOS-R/R“ system for managing information on chemicals found in products as cloud computing services which is provided as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application,” says Atsushi Yoshimoto, Managing Director at ISID. “It can be used standalone as well as be linked with other menus on ”PLEXUS“ such as ”PLEXUS PDM“ product data management service, allowing chemical substance information system along with product design information to be established in a short period of time while minimizing initial costs.”
Main features of “PLEXUS CM”
1. Function to manage chemical substance information
2. Function to manage documents
3. Function to register composition
4. Function to aggregate amount of chemical substances included
5. Function to generate reports
6. Search and reference functions
7. Supports multiple languages (Japanese, English and Chinese)
“Moving forward, ISID plans to provide ”PLEXUS“ to 150 companies over the next three years. The company will further enhance the service and support domestic and foreign manufacturers who seek to advance globalization,” says Sei Yano, Senior Vice President, responsible for Solutions and Services at OKI. “OKI will continue to support corporate environmental activities by enhancing features on ”COINServ®-COSMOS-R/R“ system for managing information on chemicals found in products.”
Press release: OKI and ISID Partner to Provide Cloud Computing Services to Manufacturers aiming for Global Deployment (May 18, 2011)
The PLEXUS enterprise PLM cloud computing service provides multiple integrated software-as-a-service (SaaS) application to support various manufacturing-related tasks, ranging from product development and design to production management and supply chain management for firms active in manufacturing that operate both domestic and foreign design and production facilities. Available from April 2011, it currently provides a menu based on three services: the PLEXUS PDM product data management service, the PLEXUS DRM digital rights management service and the PLEXUS SHARE large-capacity data sharing service. In addition to minimizing startup costs for customers, the cloud computing implementation reduces operating costs through monthly optimization of user licenses based on business volume, allowing customers to minimize IT costs in their global business operations.
The COINServ®-COSMOS-R/R system for managing information on chemical substances contained in products draws on information technology to support various activities, ranging from green purchasing that takes chemical substances into account to responses to partner companies. The system dramatically increases the efficiency of such tasks. It supports a highly developed environment-conscious design that is compatible with the RoHS Directive and the REACH Regulation, allowing customers to rapidly gather and manage information on chemical substances contained or used with various products, including electronic components, mechanical components, coatings, and adhesive materials. Offering compatibility with standardized formats developed by the Japan Green Procurement Survey Standardization Initiative (JGPSSI) and the JAMP AIS format developed by the Joint Article Management Promotion-Consortium (JAMP), the system dramatically increases the efficiency of various tasks, ranging from frequent data surveys to responses and registration.
*1 :Enterprise PLM (Product Lifecycle Management)
This refers to the concept of linking and integrating PLM, traditionally considered a collection of tools for engineering tasks such as design and manufacturing, with core business systems associated with tasks such as production management, purchasing, sales, and marketing. Currently being proposed by leading PLM system vendors, the concept seeks to advance globalization and overall optimization by addressing PLM within the framework of the enterprise as a whole, based on the current trend toward the overseas deployment of design and manufacturing functions.
*2 :RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Directive
Enacted in the EU in June 2006, this EU directive restricts the use of certain harmful substances in electrical and electronic devices. On December 13, 2006, the EU passed the new Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation, making safety evaluations mandatory for more than 20,000 chemical substances. The REACH Regulation was enacted June 1, 2007.
*3 :REACH Regulation
Enacted June 1, 2007, in the EU, this regulation requires manufacturers and importers to register and evaluate all chemical products manufactured in or imported into the EU. It also applies various other restrictions, including a requirement for authorization by competent authorities of Substances of Very High Concern and an outright ban on even higher-risk substances.
About OKI Electric Industry (OKI)
Founded in 1881, OKI Electric Industry is Japan’s leading telecommunications manufacturer. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, OKI provides top-quality products, technologies, and solutions to customers through its info-telecom systems and printer operations. Its various business divisions function synergistically to bring to market exciting new products and technologies that meet a wide range of customer needs in various sectors. Visit OKI’s global website at http://www.oki.com/.
About Information Services International-Dentsu (ISID)
Since its foundation in 1975, ISID provides business customers one-stop total IT services such as consulting, system design, software development, system operations, maintenance services and cloud computing services. As an “IT Solution Innovator”, the company is massively expanding its business into wide variety of areas, such as solutions for financial business, product development, enterprise/supply chain management, accounting, human resource management, marketing communication, etc. Visit ISID’s website at http://www.isid.co.jp/english/.
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