Improved Food Safety Through Data Collection
Today’s food processing plants face numerous challenges. First, consumers are demanding safety, and rightfully so. Second, rigorous government regulations can have an impact on productivity. Not to be ignored are safe handling practices and recall management issues. Transparency and traceability of ingredients have never been more important than they are right now. But how can food manufacturers handle these obstacles, ensure safety and still remain profitable? Two words. Data collection.
Data Collection Is Innovation
The first step toward ensuring food safety while maximizing productivity and efficiency is achieved through collecting critical and actionable data in a scalable way. Thankfully, there have been significant advancements in modern manufacturing technologies through data collection, analysis and automation. That’s good for the consumer and especially good for the manufacturer.
Data Collection Is Efficiency
While a data-driven approach requires implementing various technologies and best practices across the plant floor, it does not need to be costly or cumbersome. Food traceability is achieved through a combination of defined processes, standardized data collection and accurate reporting. Automated software, combined with innovative hardware solutions, reduce inherent costs and provide supply chain partners, regulators and consumers with timely information specific to the production of their food items.
This data-centric information can be effectively used to:
- Streamline operational efficiencies
- Maximize productivity
- Improve profitability
Data Collection Is Traceability
Food traceability goes beyond providing accountability for tracking the origin of meat, produce and other ingredients. It is more than identifying the product history, distribution and location after delivery. It is about utilizing proven technologies that facilitate long-term success through accurate, meaningful and timely data collection and analysis. Data collection enables traceability. Traceability ensures safety.
Traceability done right leads to:
- Supply chain growth
- Increased profits
- Minimized business risk
- Reduced costs
Data Collection Is Visibility
Because food processing plants are complex environments, manufactures require complete visibility in order to simplify plant management, make informed decisions and achieve operational efficiency. Symphony Enterprise Manufacturing and Warehouse Management Software is Carlisle Technology’s solution to food plant management. This software compiles all of the data collection components into a centralized database, providing real-time insight into daily production and complete visibility into orders, purchasing, fulfillment and inventory management.
With a 360 degree view of the plant production floor and warehouse, manufacturers benefit from:
- Streamlined inventory control
- Centralized product management
- Production monitoring
- Complete plant floor control
Data Collection Is Actionable Intelligence
Carlisle has built trusted partnerships with industry leaders, like Honeywell, to employ turnkey solutions consisting of hardware, software and long-term support. Carlisle software combines a complete suite of data collection services that integrate seamlessly with Honeywell scanners, printers and scales to collect relevant and operational data.
These solutions deliver actionable data that support stakeholders and inspire:
- Savvy decision making
- Reduced risk on the plant floor
- Improved recall management
- Greater ROI
Honeywell Is Data Collection
Software, combined with the right product, is a game changer. Honeywell delivers the most advanced, ultra-rugged mobile computers, printers and scanners that are designed to maximize productivity, minimize TCO and drive data collection for food processing plants.
- IP65 and IP68 ratings ensure protection in food production.
- FlexRange FR imager manages the broadest range of workflows and scans barcodes from a few inches to 35 feet with speed.
- Cold storage models operate in the most frigid environments.
- Integrated barcode verifier ensures error-free printing and notifies of pass/fail and ANSI grade.
- Unreadable barcodes are eliminated, reducing costs from returned shipments.
- Precise print registration of up to +/- 0.2 mm delivers the highest quality, accurate barcodes.
Food Safety for the Future
The bottom line is this. Effective data collection leads to more efficient processes, simplified recalls and amplifications to plant productivity, supply chain growth and overall profitability. Carlisle solutions are designed specifically for the food industry, delivering fully integrated services that streamline data collection across the entire production cycle, including receiving, processing, packaging, warehousing, shipping and invoicing. Let Carlisle Technology’s more than 30 years of experience empowering the food industry with innovative food traceability services be your solution to improved food safety now and into the future.
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