Jeremy Van Den Berg, Business Development,
When I think of how to most effectively streamline an operation, I think of connecting
disparate systems together to minimize the amount of human involvement into those systems.
Asking questions like “What data is being recorded manually from one system to be entered
into another?” or “What steps could be eliminated from this process if system B was able
to communicate with system A?” One system sharing critical data with another automated
system can streamline operations. In addition to the sharing of critical data between systems,
that data now becomes involved in a greater quest for knowledge, often referred to as “Big
Data.” That same critical data can be transformed into actionable information. Actionable
information that is available to the entire business for deeper analysis and can often be used
to help you make better decisions about how to improve your process and potentially improve
margins or reduce costs.
to finished goods can also be a wise
investment. In today’s world of increased
scrutiny regarding traceability, having a
solution to quickly respond to “one up,
one down” requests from customers
or distributers is key. Having the ability
to track a lot number, a combination of
lots and/or shipments is becoming more
important to customers and consumers.
Quickly accessing the lot numbers of
the raw goods that were combined
to make a specific product will save
time, effort and potentially a customer.
Many companies are able to find this
information in multiple systems, but it is
often paper-based or tied up in an ERP,
WMS or MES system. This process of
“paper chasing” can prove to be costly,
inefficient and sometimes inaccurate.
Streamlining this function will provide
food manufacturers with the efficiency
to respond quickly and accurately.
For most food manufacturers, it is
not a question of “if” they will need to
provide this information, but “when.”
Having a solution that provides the least
disruption to production and shipping
can often provide enough of an ROI to
offset the cost incurred by the adaption
of this type of solution.
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