Planning in food and beverage almost always requires a longer horizon than is provided by the customer order to delivery time frame. This necessitates good planning processes given the perishable nature of food. This inevitably means that forecasting is an important tool and doing it well in fast changing environments results in significant improvements in efficiency.
We provide fully integrated forecasting with the rest of the supply chain features.
Our systems are sophisticated and allow you to define various horizons, long range (say 18 to 24 months for cash flow, resource planning and contract negotiations), medium range (say 3 to 12 months for long range material planning, capacity planning, and staffing planning) and short term (say anything from days to 3 months for materials orders, shop floor scheduling, Made to Order management, capacity planning and frozen ingredient management).
Making to Order
When food is produced for a customer branded product a "make to order" approach is required, we provide the ability to efficiently manage the large number of recipes, item information, safety standards that are necessary for this approach.
Order can be taken via EDI, released directly into production and tracked through to delivery.
Shipment details and Certificate of Analysis (COA) information can be generated directly off the system.
Production can be scheduled through multiple operations allowing optimisation of throughput at each stage of production. In a fast changing high volume environment, this ability to have the entire business working to the same drumbeat enables efficiency.
This allows frozen ingredients, mincing or pre-mixes to be scheduled with confidence that materials are not going to be wasted or deliveries short due to lack of supply.
By providing the ability to control production from either the back office or out on the shop floor, the factory can be running off the same information, in real time. As plans change due to unforeseen performance issues, the whole factory can adapt to the new plan, as soon as it is decided.
Production schedule information can be conveyed to the shop floor via touch-screen terminals with information updated directly by the shop floor staff. Accuracy is assured by the use of barcodes on shop floor paperwork and ingredients.
We provide direct integration with weigh scales and machines. This process can confirm that the correct ingredients and amounts are issued to each batch and ensures that the actual weigh issued is recorded. This is not only much quicker than the process of recording details manually, but also much more accurate, providing better information for Food Safety Management System audits.