are met or before a process is out
• Corrective Action Logs: Use monitor
and alarm functions to know if process
parameters are out of spec, and record
when corrective action was taken.
• Records Management and Verification:
Monitor trends and correlations, and get
time-stamped reports without digging
through paper reports.
4. Implement Traceability
A supply chain track-and-trace system
can help you comply with new and
emerging traceability regulations. But
the benefits don’t end there. For example,
it can help protect your products and
your business against counterfeits. And
product recalls automatically become
Designing a track-and-trace system
in-house can be tempting. But it can also
lead to long-term issues, such as limited
support and parts shortages.
Instead, consider using an “
out-of-the-box” system that easily integrates
into production. Specifically, a
standardized system designed at the
MES level can minimize production
disruptions. It can also help you be sure
that your system is interoperable from the
machine to the cloud.
5. Improve Productivity
Use smart manufacturing to help
drive continuous productivity improvements
even while you use it to enhance food
Scalable analytics software, for
example, can be deployed as close to
a data source as you need it. Machine
analytics can tell you how a machine is
performing and the reasons behind that
performance level. This can help you
monitor and improve OEE, while you deliver
more consistent batches.
Fit-for-purpose MES modules can help
you efficiently operate while keeping
a focus on food safety compliance. A
production-management module, for
instance, can help workers download the
right recipe for each new run and print
accurate labels. And a quality-management
module can provide video instructions to
workers, collect production data and notify
workers when to take samples.
Plus, configurable line-control solutions
can make it easier to integrate discrete
production lines. This can be especially
valuable to help workers manage a
growing number of product varieties and
Protect Your Future
Your brand and your future is at stake in
every product that rolls off the line. Smart
manufacturing allows you to manage
safety and productivity despite shifts in
food regulations and customer demands.
It’s the long-term solution for protecting
consumers and your reputation, and,
ultimately, boosting your bottom line.
Jean-Luc Bonnet is an Information
Solutions Regional Manager for
Rockwell Automation. Daniel Reinarts
is a Global Technical Consultant for
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