As a social enterprise, Eat My Lunch continuously tries to find ways to improve its operations to keep the costs as low as possible. The team identified digitisation of the paper forms needed for production and quality management as an opportunity to improve process efficiencies and reduce production costs.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently developing additional recordkeeping requirements for businesses along the supply chain to enhance the traceability of potentially contaminated food products. These practices shall intensify the tracking and tracing of certain foods to ensure fast and effective traceability processes in case of potential recalls. The FDA aims to foster the rapid and effective identification of the contaminated foods’ recipients to mitigate or prevent foodborne illness outbreaks or serious adverse health consequences for consumers.
Most large manufacturers already use ERP systems to optimize their operations across the business. However, ERP software solutions usually do not offer production modules and, therefore, have gaps in managing manufacturing execution. The MES takes over where the ERP system ends: on the shop floor. The MES system schedules and manages batch runs and optimizes quality management during production, which is usually not covered by an ERP system.
With the help of the iMonitor global traceability feature, Alamir Bakery reduced the time needed to run these traceability exercises to find the batch details and identify the supermarkets to which the affected product was dispatched from 24 hours per traceability exercise down to seconds. With 24 different products being digitized in the iMonitor system, the quality assurance team now knows immediately which specific batch needs to be potentially recalled.
Digitizing the production floor is a major investment in the efficiency and success of a manufacturing business. However, manufacturers want to know beforehand what costs are involved, how disruptive the implementation of a digital manufacturing execution system might become and particularly, what ROI they can expect from digitizing the production floor.
New Zealand scientists and businesses alike are expecting a high level of staff absenteeism causing significant business disruption once Omicron spreads quickly in the population. Manufacturers should, therefore, consider increasing their efficiency to make themselves less vulnerable to potential staff shortages.
An increasing number of food and pharmaceutical manufacturers have identified the digitization of their production floor as a means to increase profits, reduce waste and business risk. Digital processes replace existing paper-based quality, production and batch checklists
New Zealand has moved to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 last night. The NZ government guidelines for all industries to operate under Alert Level 4 have come into effect again. More information can be found here.
As consumers and brands increasingly focus on environmental and social sustainability, more and more food manufacturers are defining goals to tackle food waste during production.
In an increasingly complex global food supply chain, manufacturers, growers, and distributors alike are pushed to ramp up their traceability procedures and efforts to implement transparency.
Digital lean manufacturing is a relatively new term for the food industry, although traditional lean manufacturing has long been implemented to increase efficiency...
Accelerating the time to market of their products is one of the key objectives of most food manufacturers, as it means delivering fresher products of very high quality much faster to the consumer – saving time and money and increasing customer satisfaction.