USANA Health Sciences Goes Live on Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management
Projects 60 to 70 Percent Improvement in Process Efficiency with Automated Document Control Routing System Built on Agile
2009 ANNUAL HIMSS CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION, CHICAGO – April 6, 2009
USANA Health Sciences, a Salt Lake City, Utah-based developer and manufacturer of high-quality nutritionals, personal care and weight management products, has implemented Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) to create an automated and integrated document control routing system that helps to accelerate product development, ensure product quality and facilitate compliance with industry standards and regulations.
USANA expects to see a 60 to 70 percent improvement in the efficiency of its validation and document control process with the new system, which will support more rapid introduction of new products.
With Agile PLM, USANA looks to improve the efficiency of product development and validation by reducing paperwork, improving process flows, and automating document routing, authorization and control.
The product also strengthens USANA’s validation capabilities, helping to ensure that the individual ingredients of the company’s products are of the highest quality.
Although its products are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), USANA voluntarily meets many FDA and international standards as part of its commitment to quality. Oracle’s Agile PLM provides USANA with the consistent documentation and extensive validation capabilities required to achieve compliance with U.S. and international regulations.
USANA can now streamline receipt of product development and testing, supply chain, manufacturing and compliance input and documents from multiple sources and automatically route this information to the appropriate internal parties. The company anticipates that these capabilities will facilitate communication and collaboration and translate into significant time and money savings.
USANA’s Agile PLM implementation builds on the company’s existing Oracle-based application infrastructure, which includes Oracle’s Demantra as well as the Oracle® E-Business Suite applications for manufacturing, human resources and financial management. The company is in the process of upgrading to the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.
USANA implemented Agile PLM throughout the global company’s locations across 13 countries.
“Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management provides us with robust functionality that enables us to more efficiently ensure the quality of our products as well as our voluntary compliance to U.S. FDA and other international standards. As important, we see it as a powerful tool that will help us to drive innovation and time to market through process automation and condensed cycle times,” said Gary Carter, Director, Enterprise Resource Planning, USANA Health Sciences.