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Acer America Corp. is a computer manufacturer of business and consumer PCs, notebooks, ultrabooks, projectors, servers, and storage products.


333 West San Carlos Street
San Jose, California 95110
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December 10, 2012 |

SAP Helps Manufacturers Meet Compliance Regulations

Two new SAP cloud services are designed to help SMBs obtain product materials (types and measurements) and generate required documentation.

To help manufacturers in the SMB space comply with increasingly complex and varied environmental regulations, SAP AG has introduced two cloud-based solutions. The first solution, SAP Product Stewardship Network, enables manufacturers to collaborate with suppliers in collecting the detailed information about the substances that make up their products. The second solution, SAP EHS Regulatory Documentation OnDemand, is a content service to help manufacturers create regulatory documentation.

To comply with such environmental regulations as Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances (REACH) and Restrictions of Hazardous Substances (ROHS), SMBs need to know exactly what chemical substances are in the raw materials, components, and products that they purchase from suppliers. They must also declare those substances and tell people how to handle them safely.

SAP Product Stewardship Network and SAP EHS Regulatory Documentation OnDemand are designed to help address this issues. Both products leverage the power and flexibility of a hybrid cloud and on-premise model to collaborate, collect, analyze, and disseminate product information from disparate sources.

Product Stewardship Network

Aimed at “discrete” manufacturers (that is, makers of equipment in verticals like healthcare or personal finance), the Product Stewardship Network enables customers to work with suppliers in the cloud to make sure banned substances are excluded from products.

Currently, to ensure products meet specific standards, it can take SMBs thousands of emails across the supply chain. In many cases, it remains a manual, time-consuming process.

SAP Product Steward Network enables suppliers and manufacturers to collaborate via the cloud. They can work together to make the appropriate disclosures, find the right substitutes, or adapt product designs based on available, compliant materials. New product information can be uploaded once and updated across the cloud.

The offering works with SAP Business Suite.

EHS Regulatory Documentation OnDemand

Process industries, like chemical or pharmaceutical manufacturers, must remain compliant by, among other things, updating safety data sheets and labels. Each of these documents can take from days to weeks to develop, and a midsize chemical manufacturer can spend up to 3 million dollars yearly on this process.

SAP EHS Regulatory Documentation OnDemand eliminates the need for manufacturers to author their own safety data sheets. By networking with the customer’s on-premise EHS solution, the content service from SAP takes the customers’ product data, generates country-specific data sheets and labels in the cloud, and delivers the documents back to the customer.

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