The Food and Beverage industry faces unprecedented regulation as consumers and governments worldwide demand high levels of safety and quality control for food, including “farm-to-fork” and “boat-to-plate” traceability. Major trends are creating quality control challenges for Food and Beverage manufacturers including:
In addition to regulatory compliance, quality managers need better real-time visibility—within plants, across plants, and all along their global supply chain to proactively:
Government regulations are moving towards requiring traceability as a way to quickly and effectively mitigate risks and ensure a safe food supply for consumers. To comply with the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), USDA regulations, Global Food Safety Initiative standards, the European Commission’s food safety policies, and other mandates, Food and Beverage manufacturers need farm-to-table traceability.
InfinityQS ProFicient™ software provides a track-and-trace lot genealogy solution across the entire supply chain, enabling a Food and Beverage manufacturer to:
Paper and spreadsheets can no longer get the job done given today’s need for real-time and accurate quality data that is visible from the production floor to the corner office. Quality managers need visibility within plants and across multiple facilities, often on a global basis, to:
ProFicient’s Lot Genealogy and Reporting functionality enables organizations to track raw material (ingredients) lot codes throughout Food and Beverage manufacturing operations. For investigation purposes, genealogical "trees" can be created for any lot. These reports allow you to determine:
Lot Genealogy reports provide a complete view of the incoming/outgoing product relationship with statistical summary information.
You can specify unique, time-based intervals based on the product, process, or even the workstation. Windows automatically pop up, clearly identifying when data collections are due. If a failure is detected or if no data is collected, the software can automatically send notifications, email administrators, or even force users to specify assignable cause codes and corrective actions.
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InfinityQS solutions boast built-in checklist and workflow alerting features needed to comply with Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP). You can incorporate workflow requirements at the shop floor level, providing automatic data collection prompts to operators. InfinityQS’s real-time Dynamic Scheduler offers visual checklists to operators, reminding them when to perform HACCP, SSOP, and other critical quality checks.
With InfinityQS, audits are easier with instant access to the quality records and electronic documentation needed to demonstrate compliance. Our robust solution can stand up to third-party certification audits such as British Retail Consortium (BRC), Safe Quality Food (SQF), and ISO 22000—or internal audits. Creating reports takes only minutes instead of hours or days, eliminating the need for spreadsheets.
Manufacturers in the Food and Beverage industries must also comply with filling requirements for Net Content (weight) Control. The Net Content Control feature supports both the U.S. Department of Commerce Maximum Allowable Variation (MAV) and European Union Tolerable Negative Error (TNE) and T1/T2 requirements, plus related Net Content Control reporting to support the needs of global manufacturers. Many Food and Beverage InfinityQS users see fast ROI based solely on reduced “giveaway” or overfilling of product using the Net Content Control functionality.
The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act aims to ensure a safer food supply by shifting the focus to preventing, rather than responding to, contamination. Mid South Baking is tremendously committed to food safety—and InfinityQS enhances their ability to monitor andcontrol their entire manufacturing process.For a company that bakes more than 1 billion buns a year, leveraging modern quality management is essential. After watching shop-floor operators struggle with paper and clipboard data collection,leadership knewthey had to have real-time data to fully understand and optimize their operations. After implementing InfinityQS, Mid South Baking is using real-time data visibility to:
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The immediate impact that InfinityQS ProFicient had and the awareness it created was tremendous, much more than I ever thought possible. Now we can look at operations as a whole and make big-picture decisions about what should be done going forward. Management is using data to make informed decisions and plan for the future.
There are many advantages to having a computerized system that sometimes, in the fog of having this powerful tool with its many capabilities, one can over look.
It is ultimately easier for the operator. Even with the minimal computer skills many of the
operators had in the beginning, the overwhelming consensus is that they prefer using InfinityQS
over a paper system.
You can read the data rather than having to decipher the writing of 150 different people. The data is at your fingertips.