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The Benefits of Statistical Process Control Software for Food Manufacturers

Posted on Mar 22, 2022 1:00:20 PM

Manufacturers use statistical process control (SPC) to reduce variability in processes and increase compliance. Several SPC tools are commonly used, but the control chart is arguably the most popular. Introduced in the 1920s, control charts utilize recorded data over time to indicate when deviations in quality occur that may still be within specifications. Control charts can help manufacturers distinguish between common cause and special cause variation. However, managing manual control charts can be a complicated and time-consuming process. Many organizations are looking for more efficient and cost-effective ways to use SPC. In this blog, we’ll discuss:

  • How software can make SPC implementation more effective
  • What SPC can look like in your facility
  • The most commonly used SPC tools today
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Topics: Compliance, Food&Beverage, SPC

Chemical Risk: Understanding the Consumer Experience and Building Trust

Posted on Mar 17, 2022 3:32:45 PM

Modern impressions of the word ‘chemical’ are often negative. Consumers often express disgust, fear, and other negative emotions. Data suggests that consumers have many misconceptions about chemicals, which drive negative feelings about chemicals. Some of the confusion may stem from how the food industry characterizes chemicals. For example, an ingredient deck can be misleading. Consumers may perceive a shortlist of only four or five ingredients to be a cleaner food, but in fact, there are harmful substances that only require four or five ingredients, and there are healthy foods that include dozens of ingredients.  

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Topics: Compliance, fsma, Food&Beverage, food safety

Where Compliance Meets Communication: The Basics of QMS

Posted on Mar 17, 2022 2:34:54 PM

Manufacturers must integrate policies and processes that meet or exceed industry standards and governmental regulations. At the same time, these policies and processes must also meet or exceed the expectations of customers. Many organizations develop a quality management system (QMS) to manage both aspects of quality and compliance. An organization’s QMS formalizes and directs quality and compliance activities and facilitates continuous improvement. ISO9001:2015 details the requirements for quality management systems. QMS programs can be a valuable tool in building strong relationships with customers and helping organizations remain competitive.

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Topics: Compliance, Quality, Food&Beverage

Food Defense: What You Need to Know + 5 Resources

Posted on Mar 3, 2022 10:55:42 AM

Food defense is a broad term that seeks to tackle risks to the food system from food terrorism. As food systems in the US and globally continue to increase in scale and complexity, the need for comprehensive programs that address risks to food systems has also increased. Protecting the food supply is a matter of public health and national stability, but there is often some confusion about what food defense encompasses and how best to tackle it within some parts of the industry.

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Topics: Compliance, fsma, Food&Beverage, food safety

FSMA Fridays: Updates and a Recap on FSMA Section 204(d) FDA's Proposed Rule for Food Traceability

Posted on Feb 22, 2022 8:22:43 AM

After a series of large-scale food recalls due to contamination, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to overhaul the food safety system with the most sweeping reforms seen in decades. Then-president Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act into law in 2011, starting a cascade of fundamental shifts in how the FDA regulates food safety from end-to-end. Implementation of FSMA has been an ongoing process because of the size and scope of the new regulations.

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Topics: Compliance, fsma, Food&Beverage, food safety

Data-Driven: The Future of Manufacturing Lies in Data Analysis

Posted on Feb 22, 2022 7:47:28 AM

There is every sign that competition will continue to put the squeeze on manufacturers, even while demands for quality products and faster processes increase. Raw material costs are also rising, and manufacturers are searching for every possible way to weather increasing uncertainty and generate profit. And as it turns out, the answers to the question of how to survive in an ultra-competitive global market might lie a lot closer to home than many realize.

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Topics: Analytics, OEE

Going Beyond the Score: Using OEE Software to Drive Measurable Improvement

Posted on Feb 16, 2022 2:27:42 PM

Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) is a critical metric for manufacturing plants to track. With proper, consistent measurement, this metric allows plant managers to track the overall performance of their facilities and determine the root cause behind line interruptions, unplanned downtime, quality rejections, and equipment problems. This root cause analysis saves manufacturing teams significant time and effort. Smart and sophisticated trend analysis through OEE software can uncover what might take weeks to diagnose. Here’s what you need to know about deploying this powerful solution in your plant.

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Topics: Analytics, OEE

Ensuring Food Quality: Measuring Is the First Step

Posted on Feb 7, 2022 1:53:21 PM

Food quality metrics tell a compelling story of how well your company is performing. The cost of quality can significantly impact your bottom line, but tracking quality metrics allows you to address issues proactively. Through robust automated solutions, today’s food and beverage companies are taking control of their quality by identifying and eliminating variability and reducing costs related to rework and returns.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Technology, supplier management

Supplier Management Software: The New Age of Supplier Management

Posted on Jan 31, 2022 7:16:14 AM

Supply chains pose inherent risks for the food and beverage industry. While supply chain management has always been a complex endeavor, supplier compliance has become increasingly challenging in light of regulatory changes in recent years. Process manufacturers are reexamining their supplier management strategies (like The 6 Pillars to Effective Supplier Management) to ensure safety, quality, and compliance. This is especially true for companies governed by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Recognizing the supply chain has triggered many recalls, the FDA introduced the FSMA, signed into law in 2011. Since then, the FDA has released guidance documents to help facilities under FSMA navigate supply chain program requirements. Let’s break down some of the best practices for process manufacturers for maintaining a defensible and proactive approach against minimizing risks in the supply chain.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Technology, supplier management

Supplier Management Portals: Why Security Matters?

Posted on Jan 24, 2022 2:06:58 PM

Managing suppliers effectively reduces risk, drives quality, and creates trusted relationships with customers. However, tracking data, compliance records, onboarding, audits, and more on paper can lead to inefficient decision-making and poor quality outcomes. Businesses that utilize paper and follow-up with emails are wasting valuable time and resources managing suppliers that they could redirect in other, more productive ways. Developing a secure supplier portal can help organizations create opportunities for improving accuracy, strengthening supplier relationships, and making real-time decisions all while ensuring that their supplier information remains uncompromised. 

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Topics: Supply Chain, Technology, supplier management

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