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Improving Food Manufacturing Quality

Posted on June 15, 2018 by Jennifer Kinion

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Ensuring food manufacturing quality is a complex and costly endeavor. Yet, it is critically important to business outcomes. In order to stay competitive, retain customers, and remain a trusted brand, food and beverage manufacturers must not only fulfill food safety requirements, but also demonstrate an ongoing commitment to quality.

Is Quality Lacking in Your Facility?

Food safety compliance is one of the most critical measures of a food company’s success, and it demands a significant amount of time and attention. It is therefore only natural that quality tends to be pushed to second place in terms of importance. Indeed, many companies recognize this opportunity for improvement:

  • A McGladrey survey shows product quality is a major risk for 40% of companies, and less than a half are confident in their data and systems
  • Another industry poll by SafetyChain and The Acheson Group shows 38% of respondents are fully confident with visibility upstream, downstream, and internally, while 40% are dissatisfied with operational performance tracking
  • Despite these inefficiencies, cost of quality remains 20-40% of most companies’ revenue

How to Improve Quality

In the food and beverage industry, where complex operations take place daily and the intricacies of supply chains make quality management challenging, visibility is the missing link that can help QA and operations leaders drive continuous improvement. With real-time analytics and mobile data tools, food quality management software helps companies increase throughput while simultaneously decreasing the cost of quality.

Real-time data capture and specification verification can help managers identify and correct non-conformances faster, resulting in reduced rework and waste. Statistical Process Control (SPC) is also performed in real time, helping each shift achieve consistent quality outputs to maximize overall production. Finally, analytics and dashboards help facilities pinpoint inefficiencies by uncovering patterns and trends, thereby ensuring maximum productivity and consistently on-spec customer shipments to reduce the cost of quality by as much as 20%.

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. Learn more at https://safetychain.com.

Topics: Analytics, Automation, Quality, Productivity