maker built its new plant to meet these
requirements. But the plant’s manual data-collection processes slowed production,
with quality checks and record keeping
becoming a bottleneck.
The company made the decision
to switch to an MES to centralize and
standardize recipe management, improve
information integration and create more
The MES integrated with the plant’s
control system and ERP system to
track, record and share production data
in real time. And it integrated quality
management and business analytics with
paperless shop-floor and repair execution.
Standardized workflows and library suites
for common functions also helped achieve
quality and regulatory compliance.
The paperless track and trace system
automatically collects data during the
production process to keep accurate
inventory records and meet regulations.
This allows workers to follow the real-time
journey of raw milk as it’s processed into
finished formula. And it captures all supply-chain data required by the CFDA.
In addition to improved productivity and
reduced labor costs, better visibility into the
system has also helped mitigate production
issues. Deviations from performance
targets can be quickly spotted because
production data is captured in context.
If deviations do occur, the underlying
problems can be easily identified, proper
personnel can be alerted and issues can
be quickly fixed. Batches produced in the
plant are also consistent because recipe
management has been centralized and
A Smart Starting Point
MES applications can help you simplify
and save when bringing track and trace to
But it’s also important to keep the big
picture in mind. MES applications allow
you to start an MES deployment in a small
and targeted way, such as by meeting
quality or compliance goals. You can then
build on that deployment over time by
using other applications to improve your
OEE or warehouse management. And
ultimately, you can scale up to a full-scale
MES deployment to optimize all aspects of
Todd Montpas is Product Manager
for Information Software at Rockwell
Food companies around the world are using
MES to meet more rigorous track and trace
requirements while maintaining — or
even improving — productivity.
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