Food Production

­­­Providing consumers with safe food of the nature and substance both intended and expected, is a key and legally defined requirement for all food manufacturing businesses. In New Zealand we take this for granted but food exporters know all too well that their product may well be targeted by counterfeiters. Food contamination is the root cause of approximately 420,000 deaths each year (World Health Organization, 2015), food fraud and counterfeit costs are difficult to estimate but could be >$40bn (PWC, 2016).

 

Saito can help with Traceability:

IN INWARDS GOODS

Trust is like the air we breathe — when it’s present, nobody really notices. When it’s absent, everyone notices. This quote by Warren Buffet applies to all business, but it is especially important in traceability within food manufacturing and distribution industries. In simple terms – traceability/product tracing should be able to identify at any specified stage of the food chain (from production to distribution) from where the food came (one step back) and to where the food went (one step forward).

In addition, one up/one down traceability can be easily lost in commodity products that are blended (e.g. milk from multiple farms in a dairy) or dissected and mixed through the supply chain (e.g. animals for meat production). With such complexity, it soon becomes impossible to verify the provenance and quality standards of specific products.

PICK & PACK

To pick an order and issue it to the food manufacturing line it can be done via a pick slip and a pen to check off what is required. But most warehouse operations are seeking greater accuracy through scanning of the goods required in order assembly. Some sophisticated systems also require the team member to scan the location to ensure they are picking the right product. Increasing productivity and pick accuracy!

Most food manufacturing warehouses operate on a First In First Out (FIFO) basis rotating stock. If a food manufacturing company relies on their staff to know where everything is or organise SKUs in alphabetical or numerical order to find them, either in a chiller or dry goods store with fluctuating volumes and human error could mean stock may be lost or hard to locate. Whereas if you give SKUs a dedicated “home” location in the warehouse it is more efficient to manage.

IN DISPATCH

For food manufacturing this is vital with product expiring team members must choose the right batch. Some organisations are even serialising their cartons to ensure team members pick the right stock to  issue to production.

Therefore, the ability to trace food items within and along a supply chain is a legal requirement by all members within the chain. All food businesses must manage food safety by deploying traceability systems, these can be manual paper based or electronic. It should start with the purchase order of ingredients which is then receipted in at inwards goods. Then issued to food production recorded as finished goods. Then again to fully record when and where it was dispatched to. 

DURING STOCKTAKE

There is always a variance between what production say that they produced and what the warehouse said it receives. Therefore, there will be stock discrepancies.

 Whether an annual, twice per year or rolling stocktake warehouses are required to take stock of their goods on hand and to match them with stock recorded on their system. Most stocktakes are performed “blind” where a team member scans in the product and creates a file to upload and compare with the stock in the system. A stocktake can be done via a printout and a pen to record what is counted. Most warehouses seek to scan goods for speed and accuracy purposes.

Saito Can Help Your Inwards Goods:
  • With power cart(s) to enable staff to: –
    • Check off inventory received against purchase order via a mobile workstation;
    • Print labels on demand and save time walking to and from a static based label printer.
  • With rugged tablets with scanners or portable data terminals to scan receipt of goods in.
  • With quality location labelling for:
    • Totes
    • Racks or beams
    • Uprights or totems
    • Bulk floor or wall application
Saito Can Help You Pick and Pack:
  • With power cart(s) to enable staff to: –
    • Pick multiple orders and assemble them in bins or trays as they work their way around the warehouse;
    • Print labels on demand and save time walking to and from a static based label printer.
  • With rugged tablets complete with scanners or portable data terminals to scan goods required and pick on demand;
Saito Can Help Your Food Production:
  • With power cart(s) to enable staff to: –
    • Pick multiple orders and assemble them in bins or trays as they work their way around the warehouse;
  • Label printers to enable staff to: –
    • Produce labels for cartons for products;
    • Produce labels for cartons for dispatch;
    • Produce labels for pallets for dispatch;
  • Batch or date coding: –
    • Hand labeller;
    • Ink jet.
Saito Can Help Your Stocktake:
  • With rugged tablets complete with scanners or portable data terminals to scan goods and compile stock on hand report;
  • With power cart(s) to enable staff to: –
    • Operate in an area of the warehouse real time;
    • Print labels on demand and save time walking to and from a static based printer.

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