In their 2018 Manufacturing survey, Food Processing found out that food safety and cost control are the top pains felt by food manufacturers.
The demand for compliance regulation from customers and the government is increasing, and so is the pressure to obtain certifications from GFSI and FSMA, and therefore ensuring traceability and quality control is crucial. This might make it harder to cut on some costs, and that is why companies need to minimize waste and manage their production in the most efficient ways possible.
Gladly there is advanced technology to help manufacturers with tracking and managing their production, reducing waste and downtimes and increasing their productivity. It gives the control back to food manufacturers, who might have been feeling like they are forced to comply with so many policies, without compromising their product quality or output.
How can one do that, achieving success in the food industry?
Using paper-based checklists and forms to manage and track your production and operations is time-consuming and can easily be the cause of human error. If you can have a digital recording of your production, you will save time and your employees will feel empowered by registering their production in real-time, giving you access to information as it happens.
2. Take care of your Quality system
Digital checklists, quality policies, and work instructions can help your staff understand how to do their jobs, ensuring compliance of every process on the first attempt, and reducing mistakes, need for repetitions or quality issues. Since you are keeping records in real-time, you also get an automatic audit trail that cannot be deleted or falsified.
Manufacturing software with traceability features not only help you prevent a possible food recall, but they also help you in case that happens, allowing you to make quick and informed decisions, minimizing the impact of the situation on your reputation and the wellbeing of your customers.
3. Get easy and fast reporting
Before having a manufacturing software, managers usually report spent about 1 to 2 hours per day collecting paper-based information, analyzing it and introducing it to a spreadsheet. That time increases if you are about to face inspection and need to prepare records and reports.
Manufacturing software ease this burden and workload. Information is collected right within the software and is available to managers immediately, in the right format, reducing the time involved in reporting and analyzing dashboards and key performance indicators.
Managers are better and faster informed, therefore making smarter decisions and choices which are proven to increase efficiency and productivity on the shop floor.
4. Maximize your operations
If you can’t reduce your costs, the best way to control them is to maximize your operations. Preventive maintenance and real-time information can help you reduce machine downtimes. Planning and scheduling your operations will help you to produce at your full capability and maximize your operations, increasing your productivity as a result.
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