Challenges faced by teams manufacturing in the cosmetics industry
Speed up through-put times and introduce lean manufacturing. Getting the product from supply chain to market faster is a growing concern among cosmetic manufacturers. As the product demands grow, the supply and production facilities must also. Being able to track baches and oversee production is essential.
The unique features of an ERP software system, such as lot tracking and other tools that can manage production can help cosmetic manufacturers to remain competitive by eliminating paper-based manual process and Excel spreadsheets that only hinder productivity.
The Emulsification Process
The main raw materials in the cosmetic industry are oil and water. Therefore there are several steps in any given cosmetic production cycle time. Being able to break down and calculate this cycle time begins with the selection and production of these raw materials.
The cooling period, for example, may make up the longest part of the cosmetics production process, accounting for approximately 60% of the overall cycle time. Track that time and associate costs using the work cell tools available in the production module of our ERP.
Dealing with very small quantities
Cosmetic manufacturing often entails mixing quantities of materials with extremely different amounts. For instance, the amount of perfumes in a batch may in milligrams.
The system needs to support quantities with a large number of decimal places and also be able to purchase materials in the units of the supplier. For instance, buy in with 25 litre containers but use milligrams in products.
Managing production to maximise quality
Using spreadsheets in a modern day cosmetic manufacturing is risky. Accuracy of using the right ingredient dosage as well as tracking and use of the machines are priorities. Managing production parameters in order to maintain the necessary levels of quality is highly important.
Maximum Energy Consumption
The Cleaning-In-Place (CIP) process uses a mix of chemicals, heat and water that is used to clean machinery, vessels, or pipework without disassembly. This typically results in high energy consumption as most of the conventional cosmetics production unites use hot water.