planner exactly how much time is required
for a specific process, including cleaning
during batch changeover and maintenance,
depending on the order of the production
schedule. This enables planners to define the
labor pool, tools and work orders required
to properly execute an equipment clean-out
or schedule maintenance. Planners can
accurately assess their makespan to work
out how long it will take to run the processes
and safely manufacture the final product.
This opens up better opportunities for food
safety standards because the maintenance
and workforce scheduling aligns the right
engineers and staff with the right machine
at the right time. Equipment remains well
maintained and operated by the correct staff
— saving the organization time and money,
and, crucially, helping them remain compliant.
3. Employee Training Standards
Training and certifications are central to
compliance as employee records are one
of the first things an auditor will ask to see.
There are a number of training courses in the
food and beverage industry, each one having
a direct effect on which jobs employees
can carry out — for example, HACCP to
identify and mitigate against hazards during
manufacturing or FSPCA preventive controls
for human and animal food.
During production, skill-based workforce
scheduling is critical to putting the right
person with the right skills on the right job
in order to meet regulatory standards. Whole
production operations can be threatened
if there aren’t any employees on the
factory floor with quality assurance skills.
Additionally, time-sensitive jobs can be held
up with staffing resource issues, potentially
jeopardizing food safety. An enterprise
application for food manufacturing must
therefore encompass not only production and
supply chain functions, but skills and training
Scheduling for Capability, Not Just
Supporting ERP solutions should, at the
very least, allow organizations to keep track
of employee skills and certifications, as well
as management training.
Solutions with resource management
capabilities are able to model processing
schedules based on certifications and
skills prior to production. This prevents an
employee from being scheduled to work on
a particular job if they do not have the right
qualifications. This ensures manufacturers
are covered from both an availability and a
training standpoint — maximizing efficiency
and minimizing compliance risk.
Because of the visibility the ERP solution
provides, lot codes can be traced back in a
matter of minutes to show auditors that the
correct staff were assigned to a job or project.
With this level of visibility into staff training,
there is the added value of manufacturers
realizing where there may be skill shortages
within the organization, providing the platform
for decision-makers to invest in training
programs or recruitment to fill the gap.
There’s a Solution for That
In the complex regulatory environment of
the food and beverage industry, it is crucial
to consider how your ERP system can work
for your organization in order to ensure
ongoing compliance. With no two compliance
certifications or factory requirements
identical, supporting systems need to provide
a comprehensive and flexible tool set to allow
manufacturers to mitigate risk and streamline
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