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Enabling Digital Product Passport with Alumio iPaaS

Written by
Saad Merchant
Published on
June 27, 2024

As the global push for sustainability intensifies, consumers increasingly seek eco-conscious products, and government regulations demand greater transparency regarding the environmental impact of businesses. The Digital Product Passport (DPP) has emerged as a solution to this, which will require manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to provide detailed information on the lifecycle and sustainability of each product via scannable devices like QR codes. However, to provide such detailed product info, businesses need to integrate data across all key departments and implement Product Information Management (PIM) solutions. The Alumio iPaaS (integration Platform as a Service) is a next-gen solution that helps connect, synchronize, and streamline data across the Value Chain of a business, seamlessly integrating PLM, ERP, and PIM systems. Let’s explore the need to implement the Digital Product Passport and how the Alumio iPaaS enables it.

Simplifying the Digital Product Passport with the Alumio iPaaS

Starting in 2025, as part of its push for a circular economy, the European Union is expected to implement new legislation requiring all products to have a Digital Product Passport. Since 2023, the AGEC law in France has already required manufacturers to provide extensive environmental information to consumers about their products. So, what does creating a Digital Product Passport entail? How can businesses speed up and streamline the data integration process that it will require? Let’s find out!

What is the Digital Product Passport?

The Digital Product Passport (DPP) is a digital identity proof of a product, providing detailed information about the lifecycle and supply chain of a product, indicating its sustainability, recyclability, and circularity. DPPs can be accessed via a QR code, barcode, NFC tagging, or other smart scannable technology.

What are the advantages of the Digital Product Passport?

Acting as a digital birth certificate for a product, a Digital Product Passport details its entire lifecycle, from raw materials, manufacturing, and supply chain. As such, the Digital Product Passport fosters a more sustainable business landscape by:

  • Informing consumer choices: the Digital Product Passport enables consumers to make informed purchasing decisions based on a product's environmental footprint. This incentivizes businesses to prioritize sustainable materials, production processes, and end-of-life solutions.
  • Reducing environmental impact: with greater transparency, businesses are held accountable for their environmental impact. This encourages them to adopt practices that minimize waste, conserve resources, and reduce pollution throughout the supply chain.
  • Promoting circular economy: the Digital Product Passport also encourages the creation products with a focus on longevity, repair, and reuse. This reduces reliance on virgin materials and minimizes environmental damage associated with extraction and production.

However, as mentioned in the introduction, in order to expedite the creation of the Digital Product Passport, businesses need to constantly consolidate crucial product and supply chain information from across various departments. This requires integrating the Value Chain of a business with an integration platform like the Alumio iPaaS, which helps unify and synchronize data across various data sources and business systems.

What is the iPaaS, and how does it enable Digital Product Passport?

The Alumio iPaaS (integration Platform as a Service) is a cloud-native, low-code middleware that helps connect two or multiple systems, apps, or data sources. As an API-driven solution, it helps develop, govern, and orchestrate integrations from one user-friendly interface. The iPaaS also imports, exports, and synchronizes data between all connected systems - while enabling workflow automation (which is crucial for DPP creation). It also provides a wide range of connectors to build faster integrations with ERP systems, PIM, PDM, and PLM applications, supply chain solutions, and manufacturing systems, which are all crucial for Digital Product Passport generation.

How does the iPaaS enable the Digital Product Passport?

As a scalable integration platform that helps connect existing internal systems, add new external application integrations, and replace integrated systems without data loss, the Alumio iPaaS is an essential enabler of the Digital Product Passport. Ensuring real-time data exchange, maintaining data accuracy, and eliminating silos, some essential benefits the iPaaS entails for Digital Product Passport creation include:

  • Centralized data management: Eliminating the hassles of juggling data from siloed systems to create a DPP, the iPaaS acts as a central repository for all product information. The iPaaS simplifies data importing, exporting, and modifying across all integrated systems.
  • Streamlined data integration: Enabling businesses to effortlessly connect with external databases and supplier networks, the Alumio iPaaS facilitates the collection of comprehensive data required to build a Digital Product Passport.
  • Automated workflows: The iPaaS helps automate data collection, validation, and workflows that enable automated DPP generation workflows, eliminating manual errors and streamlining compliance processes.

What systems does the iPaaS help integrate for swift Digital Product Passport creation?

Using the Alumio iPaaS to integrate ERP and PIM system integrations is essential for Digital Product Passport generation. The ERP can leverage data on materials composition, manufacturing processes, and supply chain to create a transparent picture of a product’s environmental footprint. The PIM system can be used to add several new attributes and fields to enrich new or existing products with DPP-related details.

The iPaaS acts as a digital bridge that enables data exchange of product information, including production and supply chain details, from the ERP to the PIM system. Within the PIM system, the product details are refined with new DPP specifications that indicate reusability, recyclability, C02 kilogram equivalent, etc., and this refined product information is sent back via the iPaaS to relevant sales channels. All of this can be automated via workflows within the iPaaS, significantly simplifying Digital Product Passport generation.

Empowering sustainability with Digital Product Passports and the iPaaS

The Digital Product Passport presents a transformative opportunity for businesses to embrace transparency and sustainability. However, navigating the complexities of data management to generate a DPP is a major hurdle. This is where the Alumio iPaaS (integration Platform as a Service) emerges as a game-changer, acting as a centralized data management system to streamline eliminate the cost, errors, and inconsistencies involved in the manual creation of the Digital Product Passport.

Furthermore, the iPaaS fosters collaboration within the supply chain ecosystem, facilitating the exchange of crucial information for comprehensive and transparent Digital Product Passports. Building an integrated ecosystem of data, applications, and processes via a central platform like the iPaaS significantly boosts operational efficiency and provides actionable data insights. In other words, with the Digital Product Passport legislation set to become applicable to all kinds of businesses in the next few years, the Alumio iPaaS is an essential solution to bypass the hassles of reorganizing data exchange processes in compliance with it.

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