Oracle Corp. and Omron have come together to devise a software application that tracks energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions in manufacturing and non-manufacturing facilities. Omron is a provider of sensors and control devices for manufacturers, with the purpose of helping users to visualize their energy usage. It is a long-time customer of Oracle applications and technology. The new product combines Omron's sensors and Oracle's Manufacturing Operations Center. It will merge real-time energy consumption data collected by Omron sensors, and other types of energy meters, with production data collected from shop-floor control systems and equipment. The offering creates an environmental data repository that can be used as a certifiable information source for carbon accounting and greenhouse gas reporting, as well as energy-management initiatives, the partners said. In another company development, Oracle has debuted version 6.0 of its Agile Product Lifecycle Management for Process software. The update includes integrated formula and label development, embedded compliance and traceability tools and other features for the food and beverage industry. An improved computer-aided compliance screening tool simultaneously analyzes recipes for compliance against multiple government regulations and market-driven constraints in real time. An impact analysis and change-management dashboard identifies and traces products affected by recipe or packaging changes, and initiates change-management processes across all relevant products. A set of integrated label claims-determination tools analyzes products to determine whether certain label claims are valid across multiple regulatory regimes. Also included is the capability for electronic signatures, and an expanded supplier self-service portal, which handles supplier-initiated product change requests while supporting finished-goods collaboration for co-pack and private-label business scenarios.
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