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SQF Code Edition 9: What’s Changing & How to Prepare

Posted on Feb 23, 2021 2:59:23 PM

If your facility isn’t yet fully prepared for SQF Edition 9, you’re not alone. According to a SafetyChain poll, just 3% of respondents were completely ready for the changes as of January 2021. 

With the SQF Edition 9 implementation date rapidly approaching, now is the time to familiarize yourself with what’s changed since SQF Edition 8.1 and to perform a gap assessment to prepare your facility. Here, we cover everything you need to know about the new SQF food safety code to get your plant ready. 

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A Beginner’s Guide to Digital Production Plans for Process Manufacturing

Posted on Feb 12, 2021 9:56:40 AM

Many leaders in process manufacturing plants know there’s a wealth of benefits to be had by going paperless. Yet, transforming processes which have been in place for years—or even decades—is a daunting prospect. Oftentimes, there’s a considerable gap between where facilities are now and where they want to be. Filling that gap is the end goal, since going paperless will allow you to leverage your plant’s data to drive measurable performance improvements and boost profitability. But where do you begin?

Here, we’ll dive into what it looks like to go digital, including the processes and technology it takes to get there.

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Topics: Productivity, Technology

A Guide to ISO Standards for Food Safety

Posted on Jan 25, 2021 7:57:08 AM

ISO stands for the International Organization for Standardization. This standard-setting body was created in the 1940s in London and promotes standards across a wide range of industries. As the official ISO website states, ISO standards could pertain to “making a product, managing a process, delivering a service, or supplying materials.” They apply to manufacturers, sellers, buyers, users, regulators, customers, and trade associations. Thus, they are not exclusive to the food industry, and can indeed benefit manufacturing of many types, including consumer packaged goods (CPG).

There are several types of ISO standards, including those for environmental and energy management, health and safety, IT security, and quality management. Additionally, ISO has specific food safety standards to minimize the risk of food contamination.

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Topics: Compliance

Navigating COVID Complexity in 2021 to Stay Resilient

Posted on Jan 20, 2021 8:00:00 AM

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As we enter 2021, Food & Beverage, CPG, and other manufacturers can see a light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. Yet, we’re still very much in the tunnel, and it’s important for decision makers to pay close attention to the situation as it changes rapidly. Here’s a closer look at where we are now, and what we might expect as we progress through the coming year.

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2021: The Year of Innovation and Change

Posted on Dec 30, 2020 10:10:22 AM

The year 2021 will bring significant innovation and transformation for North American manufacturers. To bounce back from 2020's unexpected challenges, we have no choice but to march head-on into "the 4th Industrial Revolution," a wave of change driven by automation and Smart Technology.

On a global level, China continues to move forward with its flagship industrial initiative, "Made in China 2025," which emphasizes technology-intensive production. Here in the United States and Canada, manufacturers are racing to regroup from COVID-19 and regain competitiveness on their own home turf. Leading the way for change in Smart Manufacturing is technology. Although the full potential of IoT has yet to be realized by many manufacturers, it's clear that technology will be at the heart of accelerated, continuous improvement. Not only will it help manufacturers recover from the pandemic and its related pressures, but it will also be the catalyst that empowers growth in spite of recent challenges. The fresh round of technological innovation you'll be seeing in 2021 first tackles the basics, then builds incrementally.

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Resource Roundup: Top 10 Blogs, Webinars, & More from 2020

Posted on Dec 29, 2020 6:15:00 AM

The Food & Beverage industry proved its resilience in 2020, perhaps more than any other time in history. Here at SafetyChain, we watched as companies overcame enormous pressures to keep shelves stocked and employees healthy in the midst of ever-evolving CDC updates and guidelines. While safety and agility have always been critical to success in the industry, COVID-19 called for quick thinking when supply chains were disrupted, as well as an even stronger commitment to safety - both of our food and employees.

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Topics: Compliance, Quality, Productivity, Technology

A Guide to HACCP Software & How It Works

Posted on Dec 28, 2020 9:15:00 AM

Food and beverage facilities have an obligation to create safe products for consumers. Not only is this critical for maintaining compliance, but it’s also essential to promoting a strong brand reputation and, most importantly, supporting public health. There are many approaches companies can use to maintain safety throughout every aspect of manufacturing and the supply chain as a whole, one of the most common of which is HACCP. Discover what this systematic approach entails here, along with the ways in which technology can streamline your HACCP program.

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Topics: Safety

The Executive Guide to Plant Management Software

Posted on Dec 22, 2020 10:45:17 AM

Understanding the relevance, impact, and ROI potential for Food, Beverage, CPG, and Process Manufacturers

Leaders in manufacturing have a general understanding of how technology can improve plant operations. Yet, with so many options to consider, getting started with a software implementation is daunting. Moreover, it’s challenging to pinpoint the precise ROI that technology can deliver, given the unique variables of one plant to the next.

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Topics: Food&Beverage

A Guide to the Canadian Nutrition Labelling Changes

Posted on Dec 14, 2020 9:27:01 AM

For several years, the Canadian government has been planning a revamp of its health policies. As in many other nations, chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, and high blood pressure are ongoing health concerns. Improved science has linked diet to these public health issues, thus spurring a need for an update to nutrition labelling — a change that hasn’t been made in over two decades.

Moreover, consumers are also changing their eating habits. They’re more educated than ever and are becoming increasingly aware of nutrition facts. The new labelling requirements aim to give consumers the information they need to make educated decisions about nutrient and calorie intake.

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Topics: Automation

How Automation Reduces Human Error in GMP

Posted on Dec 4, 2020 7:11:20 AM

People are human, and mistakes are an inherent part of any process involving them. In manufacturing environments, operators juggle many tasks at once, including running machines and interfacing with systems.

Unfortunately, human error also has the potential to affect safety and quality outcomes in industries like Food & Beverage or Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG). Human error accounts for nearly one-fourth of all unplanned downtime. It can cost manufacturers millions, impede quality, and wreak havoc with compliance. Factors such as attention, memory, alertness, illness, and fatigue all play into human error and can trigger GMP violations.

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Topics: Automation

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