Food & Beverage

Within the food industry, consumer requirements and market trends change at a rapid speed. In order to keep competitive, food manufacturers focus on producing a high quality product at the lowest possible price. By investing in asset care and management solutions a food processing firm can focus on both cost effectiveness and operational standards. As well, such organizations as the FDA's regulations are easily complied with and monitored to ensure standards are met. The FDA addresses concerns within the public health and safety and ensures that they are evaluated, streamlining rules and monitoring compliance. By instilling a solid asset management plan in place, a company can meet all of the needs required to ensure all areas are met, in an accurate and accountable manner.

As global markets grow, so will the area of competition. The food manufacturing business has many challenges; seasons, under-performance, fixed pricing, tight profit margins, which makes it a challenge to meet forecast profit objectives. Focusing on plant and system improvements is a priority today and is an integral part of a business plan.

Planning and scheduling:

  • Achieving maximum productivity in the shortest possible time
  • With the integration of a Computerized Maintenance Management System it streamlines systems to compliment one another. Work requests and tasks can be created online minimizing equipment downtime. Production and maintenance managers can determine equipment availability, manpower, and resources in a much more organized and accurate manner. This adds to production booking accuracy within then reflects on the return on investment, increasing the bottom line.

Equipment maintenance:

  • Reducing equipment failure increases production time
  • The probability of equipment failure is greatly reduced by planning and completing maintenance work in a more scheduled manner. Production requirements are determined as a priority and during downtime the preventative and predictive maintenance is addressed. This reduces frequency, expense and the possibility of dangers associated with equipment breakdown.

Materials management:

  • Equipment breakdown = parts failure = ordering = expediting of maintenance, repair and overhaul inventory
  • A CMMS supports by ensuring all reliable parts are available. It assists production and maintenance managers in managing multiple warehouses, identifying obsolete items and automates the item reordering process. This reflects by increasing efficiency and enables decision making to be immediate, which reduces overall cost by minimizing labor requirements and eliminates unnecessary paperwork.

Data collection and analysis:

  • Typically, maintenance activates data
  • By transforming data into applicable information it allows such areas as equipment repair, spare parts usage and preventative maintenance to reflect consistent manufacturing and top quality.
  • Report building and visual graphics can be effectively extracted through a good internal system. This adds value in the day to day function of your manufacturing process management and encourages proactive planning.

Production:

  • Maximizing productivity with the integration of your system
  • In order to be completely certain that your system is working to it maximum capacity, you must analyze the production in a step by step process.
  • When production integrates fluently between systems and lines, your ROI is captured in the best form. Identifying and implementing ongoing production plans will assist in this integration. Because of ever changing needs within the food industry, the system must be easily changeable and flexible to ensure captured production efficiencies.
  • It is important to include all individuals within your production team in order to get feedback. This will initiate project ownership and team building skills within your company.