Innova now supports the use of multiline texts with TrueType fonts and various formatting styles on label layouts designed for WPLs and OCMs. This allows producers to comply with new EU labeling rules, specifically the European Directive 1169/2011, which requires that all food labels in EU clearly highlight allergen content in the label ingredients text. Allergen ingredients can be highlighted using different font styles such as bold, italic or underline.
Previously, multiple forms were required for the maintenance of products and product parameters in Innova.
With the new Product Maintenance form, information from multiple sources is collected in a single form and product parameters can be entered in one place. This greatly simplifies the maintenance of products and product parameters.
Product data entered in the form can be validated with a script. This ensures that product definitions meet system requirements. The complete configuration of the form, including visible columns, data validation and required text fields, is contained in an object template. In many cases the system will be configured to use more than one such template. Raw materials may for example require different parameters than end products.
The new form includes the following features:
The form has a grid panel and a detail panel, both with fully designable layouts. Extra texts, translated texts and customer overrides can only be maintained in the detail panel.
The new Master Data Management feature in the Integration Services module enables multi-site enterprises to ensure that product definitions and label designs are uniform at all sites.
With Master Data Management, product definitions and label designs are maintained on a central server by a product administrator and are then pushed to the production sites. The system provides an overview of the synchronization status of each site.
The site synchronization form allows the user to manage the synchronization process. For each site it is possible to monitor the synchronization status, view the change history, and start a new synchronization of the product and label design masters.
The synchronization process consists of three steps:
The comparison step locates differences in product definitions and label designs between the production site and the central server. These differences are compiled into a change set which is subsequently displayed to the user.
The user can double-check any changes before confirmation. When changes have been confirmed, they are sent to the production site for application.
The site change history shows all of the change sets that have been applied to a production site from the central server. The details of each change set are available in the same way as when confirming changes.
Selected product parameters, such as price or tare, can be maintained at the production sites. The system is then configured to exclude these parameters from the comparison step of the synchronization.
The new Innova Report Designer allows service technicians and advanced end users to create custom reports without using external tools or having to build DLLs.
New reports can be created from scratch using custom queries or using standard data sources provided by Innova modules, such as the Innova QC module.
The Report Designer can also be used to create reports based on standard reports built into the system. This enables users to change the layout and data presented by integrated reports.