REAL TIME BATCH TRACKING.
Batch traceability exercises are generally not pleasant undertakings, as they are often manual exercises done under pressured circumstances.
By merging machine and inventory data you have information available for instant analysis, that can also be presented in various graphical formats to highlight individual components.
CONNECTED BATCH CONTROL.
There are many data elements that can potentially be tracked for a production batch.
Typical examples include control point measures, test results, and production conditions e.g. temperature, inline audits, time sequencing and yields.
With readily available IIOT connectors, the options are now endless. The issue is finding what data best helps control the batch assessment.
Dashboards are another recent advancement enabling timely display of important information. The example shown incorporates yield data, test data, cooking temperature profiles and graphical structure of forward and backward stock traceability.
The essence of batch tracking is linking product inputs with outputs, and this is particularly challenging in recipe formulation industries such as food and beverage, where many ingredients are mixed together creating a new item.
For most food operations there will be a natural loss due to evaporation, spillages and first up test batches, as well as scrap and second grade products which could lead to further discrepancies.
Controlling this yield between all the various inputs and outputs is the key to batch tracking.
Experience suggests the more stock movements are tracked in real time the tighter the control is on the yield.