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Empowering Your Company with Remote Operations

Posted on Jul 2, 2020 8:15:00 AM


In many areas of the U.S., businesses are reopening and companies are finding ways to adjust to new operational norms in this second phase of COVID-19. For food and beverage companies, there are many complexities to consider. While many things within manufacturing companies are changing, priorities such as safety and quality remain as important as ever. 

To balance these priorities while adjusting to the evolving expectations of customers and employees, many companies are embracing remote operations. Although there are aspects of manufacturing which can’t be conducted offsite, with the right technology, a significant portion of business can be taken out of the facility. With this approach, companies can minimize the number of people entering and exiting the plant to control risks, keep employees satisfied, and respond to customer demands through new, automated solutions.

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Topics: Automation, OEE

Driving Productivity and Yield with Production Tracking Software

Posted on Jul 1, 2020 7:45:00 AM

Modern manufacturers are facing a unique dilemma. Although there’s a wealth of data flowing throughout their facilities, the insights needed to make strategic decisions are often obscured, buried by the day-to-day processes needed to simply keep operations running smoothly. While each machine, shift, and line has information waiting to be leveraged, the challenges lie in tapping into this data and analyzing it on a consistent basis. Production tracking software addresses these challenges.

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Topics: OEE

GFSI Officially Sanctions Remote Auditing

Posted on Jun 30, 2020 7:53:39 AM


Recently, GFSI updated its stance on the use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) in the audit process and is now allowing part of its certification audits to be conducted remotely. Here’s a summary of the events leading up to this change and a breakdown of what it means for food and beverage manufacturers.

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Topics: GFSI

Cook to Chill: What It Is & How to Track the Process in Your Plant

Posted on Jun 19, 2020 1:34:56 PM

Cook to chill, sometimes also referred to as the “cook-chill method” or “cook to cool,” is a food preparation process by which cooked food is rapidly cooled to ensure food is safe and free of pathogenic or spore-forming bacteria and other microorganisms. It requires food to be cooked, then cooled, to specific temperature ranges within tight windows of time and must, therefore, be closely monitored in food manufacturing and processing facilities. We created a quick video to show you how SafetyChain software helps food and beverage companies satisfy this critical requirement for USDA programs and PCQI operations.

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Food Producers Turn To SPC & OEE to Boost Profitability

Posted on Jun 3, 2020 2:47:33 PM

In challenging times, every little bit of continuous improvement adds to the bottom line. In 2020, we're seeing more and more F&B companies doubling down on data and leveraging SPC and OEE to boost margins and profits.

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Topics: OEE, SPC

Statistical Process Control: An Introduction Video for the Food Industry

Posted on May 27, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Originally developed by Bell Laboratories about a century ago, Statistical Process Control (SPC for short) is a quality control method which employs statistical methods that monitor and control a process to ensure it can meet specifications. We created a quick video for those in the food & beverage industry that want a high-level overview of SPC. In particular, it covers what SPC is, and how using specific metrics like Ppk, SPC, Cpk, Control Limits, Spec Limits, and Run Rules can help users understand and manage variability in a process.

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Topics: SPC

The Power of OEE Data Collection Software

Posted on May 25, 2020 7:45:00 AM

Across all food and beverage manufacturing environments, there’s a push for greater efficiency and reduced downtime, both of which are essential to maintaining and increasing profits. While most manufacturers have a general idea of how to drive production improvements, drilling down and understanding the true barriers to efficiency isn’t always clear. In fact, there’s often little visibility into the root causes of production disruptions, whether they stem from drawn-out changeover processes, faulty equipment, or other hidden bottlenecks. For this reason, many manufacturers have turned to OEE data collection software to increase productivity and improve yields.

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Topics: OEE

Measuring Overall OEE: Food Manufacturing’s Path to Continual Improvement

Posted on May 19, 2020 7:45:00 AM

Manufacturing facilities, whether CPG or Food and Beverage, rely on Overall Equipment Effectiveness as the single best metric for identifying losses and benchmarking progress towards improving the performance of their equipment. It’s used to identify the percentage of manufacturing time that is truly productive. Click here for a quick infographic of how to calculate OEE.

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SafetyChain No Longer “Just” a QMS - Now a Full Plant Management Platform

Posted on Apr 30, 2020 5:52:05 PM

Now SafetyChain is a Complete Plant Management Platform

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GFSI's Considering Remote Audits - Cast Your Vote

Posted on Apr 29, 2020 5:13:58 PM

On April 28, 2020, GFSI announced proposed amendments to their Benchmarking Requirements, which would utilize information and communication technologies (ICT) for certain aspects of the auditing process to be conducted remotely, leading to faster certification amidst COVID-19 delays. Vote today!

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