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3.3 ICT in product development and production planning
ICT plays an important role in managing a company’s product portfolio and in allowing for greater flexibility in production planning and scheduling.
ICT is critical in helping Arnott’s Biscuits to manage the evolution of its product portfolio whilst also benefiting from economies of scale. Product life cycle management systems assist the product development process and issue electronic instructions to production equipment to monitor how the production process is actually performing – providing key information for use in future new product development projects.
Australian company CITECT (which has a global market for its services) has developed specialist software for Arnott’s for ingredient selection and weighing through to packaging. Arnott’s also uses its own ICT staff to customise and make complementary changes to its existing and proprietary ICT systems to optimise the utility of its product life cycle management systems.
Designers and engineers in product development and production processes in the fast moving consumer goods sector use digitally enabled machines to meet customer requirements for quality, reliability and functionality, as well as business needs for efficiency and control over costs.