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said Paul Hernandez-Cuebas, president, Integrated Management Solutions.
The company’s Food Connex and Food
Connex Cloud manages barcoding for
Though some software options allow
some lot tracking with manual entry, they
don’t validate what’s really happening.
They simply augment the manual records,
Researching, purchasing and implementing food safety software is not an
undertaking for the faint of heart. The effort
involved can daunt food manufacturers.
However, experts said it’s necessary to
acquire a customized system that fits each
company’s business needs. Differences in
raw materials, end product, facilities and
customers are just some of companies’
considerations for approaching the best
type of manufacturing software.
“The solution they need within the
portfolio is going to vary a lot, based on
the size of the company and the business
they’re in,” said Infor’s Edgett. For exam-
ple, a glut of chicken wings is produced
annually ahead of Super Bowl season.
Finding software that can expand with
a company is fundamental to getting the
“[Manufacturers] want to think about
where they want to be 10 years for now. Is
the software going to allow them to grow?”
Deciding on a firm to partner with can
be just as crucial as software capabilities.
“Manufacturers are getting a lot smarter
about how to implement these systems,
which implies they’re starting to look more
at the partner than the platform,” Hutter
said. “The platform plays an important
role… but really, what’s going to make you
successful is the implementation partner:
their size, their methodology and how
they’ve dealt with customers in the past.”
Companies should plan for a year to
investigate and implement software, Levy
said. A process of converting data often
follows once the new system is in place.
For example, product codes have to be