September 16, 2013
SPC Use: Helping Soda Enterprises Produce Consistent Products
As a soda manufacturing executive, your goal is to ensure that every container that is sold with your brand on it tastes exactly the same, no matter what. Whether it is being consumed in Los Angeles or Maine, your customers will come to expect that when they pop open a bottle it will taste familiar and will not disappoint.
As any manufacturer can testify, producing a consistent product is much easier said than done. There is a long list of ingredients that must be delicately balanced in order to ensure that each bottle tastes the same. With so many manufacturing facilities that an enterprise must look after across the world, each with its own way of conducting business, there must be an overarching system used so that the product remains consistent.
It makes sense to focus on one key attribute at a time. For a beverage company, perhaps it is controlling the amount of brix in the syrup. Normalizing that one area will have a positive effect on the consistency and taste. From there, take what you learn and apply it to other areas like fill content, which can be a major cost point once properly understood, as well as customer satisfaction areas like cap torque testing.
With statistical process control software, your company can implement a solution that is designed with analytics on consistency at its core. This technology makes it possible to not only aggregate data, but to understand it through charts and graphs the most operationally efficient way to dedicate your time and resources. This type of oversight ensures that when a problem arises, your company will be able to detect a faulty can or bottle of soda before your consumers do—because it will never leave your manufacturing facility.