February 16, 2009
Top Food Companies Standardize on InfinityQS SPC Software
Leading Food Manufacturers Use Software to Ensure Food Safety, Prevent Recalls and Reduce Costs
Chantilly, VA - February 17, 2009 - InfinityQS® International, the leading provider of real-time Statistical Process Control (SPC) software, today announced that four out of the top five companies as defined in Food Processing magazine's "Top 100" have standardized on InfinityQS SPC software. The "Top 100" list ranked food and beverage processing companies in the United States and Canada by North American sales. These leading food and beverage manufacturers have standardized on InfinityQS and have deployed large, multi-site implementations with hundreds of SPC software licenses worldwide.
Food safety is becoming more and more of a concern in today's marketplace, and food manufacturers are becoming increasingly aware of the dangers associated with inadequate quality management. The companies that are using InfinityQS' real-time SPC software are taking a proactive approach to ensuring food safety and reducing their exposure to recalls by closely monitoring their manufacturing operations. They are also refining their processes so that less product is wasted or given away through overfilling.
InfinityQS software maintains electronic records of lot genealogy and traceability, so that companies can quickly identify the source of defective lots and communicate with their suppliers or customers. "Companies that have invested in unit lot tracking are able to communicate issues more clearly to the trade and consumers," said Lora Cecere, vice president of consumer products at AMR Research. "The industry needs to redesign quality systems based on unit-level tracking with hourly quality reporting."
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations and the USDA's Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP) are requiring that food companies take very specific measures to ensure food safety. InfinityQS recognizes this need and is releasing ProFicient 4 in the spring of 2009 to further enhance its support of food and beverage manufacturers in terms of FDA compliance. Other enhancements in ProFicient 4 include fully automated real-time data collection and analysis support as well as process state monitoring.
"InfinityQS honors these top food companies for their dedication to quality assurance program improvements," said Michael A. Lyle, president and CEO of InfinityQS International. "Even though the economic environment is requiring that businesses cut costs wherever possible, food and beverage manufacturers cannot afford to overlook the importance of food safety and quality. And while some might view these as competing requirements, our experience has shown that food safety and cost reduction actually complement one another when managed properly."