In an effort to help electric and manufacturing industries comply with increasing global environmental laws, OKI (News - Alert) and Information Services International-Dentsu (ISID) have jointly launched a cloud-based chemical information system.
Company officials cited increasingly stringent environmental laws and regulations being enacted such as RoHS Directive and REACH Regulation in the European Union (EU), which are imposed on electric, electronics, machinery and other manufacturing industries.
Given these new laws, there is a rising need to manage information on chemical substances throughout the supply chain, including parts procurement and assembly.
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 (News - Alert)) application, according to Atsushi Yoshimoto, managing director of 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,” Yoshimoto explained in a company statement.
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. Therefore, the task of accurately managing such information and reporting it to customers poses new burdens for companies involved in manufacturing industries – particularly those active globally and operating both domestic and overseas design and production facilities, according to Sei Yano, senior vice president of solutions and services at OKI.
By 2015, he added, ISID plans to provide PLEXUS to 150 companies.
“The company will further enhance the service and support domestic and foreign manufacturers who seek to advance globalization,” Yano said. “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.”