Each food and beverage facility is different, with its own unique set of food safety and customer requirements to satisfy. With that said, there are many key performance indicators (KPIs) shared across the industry which are used to measure success.
Key Performance Indicators for Food Industry
If you have a platform for tracking your food manufacturing analytics, consider using it to monitor the performance of the following KPIs in food industry:
1. Number of Non-Compliance Events
This measures the number of times your plant or facility operated beyond the regulatory compliance guidelines. It is among the most essential indicators used to analyze, and ultimately improve, compliance efforts for regulatory requirements like FSMA.
2. Downtime to Operating Time Ratio
A good way to measure overall productivity, the ratio of downtime to operating time demonstrates asset availability. Too much downtime likely indicates a need for action, whether it’s to improve processes or upgrade equipment.
Your facility’s throughput measures the volume of products being made on a machine, unit, line, or entire plant over a period of time. With analytics software, you can implement real-time Statistical Process Control (SPC) to monitor against control and specification limits, ensuring every shift achieves an efficient quality output.
Similar to throughput, yield is a quality measurement that determines the percentage of products which are correctly manufactured according to specifications without rework or scrap. Real-time analytics can also support improved yield via SPC.
5. Reject Ratio
While scrap is an inherent aspect of production processes, minimizing rejected materials is important to meeting profitability goals. Analytics help you identify whether the amount of scrap being produced falls within tolerable limits.
Of course, these are just a few of the many possible KPIs that can be measured through analytics. With software designed for food and beverage companies, you can track the performance of a broad range of data points to ensure your food safety and quality requirements are being met consistently.
About SafetyChain Software
SafetyChain is a Quality Management System (QMS) that helps food and beverage companies improve productivity, profitability, and compliance with a flexible, user-friendly software platform that captures, manages, and analyzes real-time operations data.