Data analytics and control
Advanced software such as Innova can analyze data with a level of speed and interconnectedness that is impossible with paper. Real-time data analytics alert to potential problems and highlight opportunities for improvement, so you can make smart decisions in an instant via a user-friendly dashboard . Software can also analyze historical trends to gain insights that inform a strategy of continuous improvement.
Controlling versions of your data is a struggle when using a paper-based model, as documents are typically read and updated one at a time. With a centralized software system and user-friendly dashboard, you can ensure vital information such as inventory, production schedule, and traceability data is accurate and up to date.
Automating real-time data capture from equipment also greatly decreases the risk of inaccuracies. Even when human input is needed, software can limit input fields to only accept data in the correct format and detect duplication, further reducing the risk of errors.
If you need to track and trace a product, the last thing you want is to waste valuable time combing through paper files to find the information you need. With traceability software, you can track and trace products in an instant.
Software enables you to greatly streamline internal compliance efforts. With an intuitive compliance manager dashboard and multi-facility views, management teams have real-time visibility into compliance against corporate standards. Users can manage, audit, score, and enforce requirements with a single tool while monitoring and eliminating risk across all activities.
Sanitation and pre-op processes
Sanitation and pre-operational (pre-op) processes are essential to ensure that no hazards are present before production begins. For instance, quality personnel might check to make sure that equipment is clean and functioning properly, that employees are following personal hygiene measures, and so on.
These procedures are crucial but time-consuming. Instead of using pencil and paper, quality teams can leverage mobile forms and save around 10-20% of time spent on sanitation and pre-op activities.
Plant management software empowers quality teams to have greater visibility into each line with data uploaded from IoT-enabled equipment and operators. This allows them to act quickly when issues such as foreign materials arise, and also prevent them from occurring in the first place. Your plant can see a significant reduction of metal, bone, skin, feathers, and other foreign materials.
Sampling and inspection checks
Sampling and inspection checks help to ensure products are being made safely and according to specifications. With plant management software, you can monitor production more closely for potential issues, intervene sooner when concerns do arise, and use tactics such as statistical process control (SPC) to tighten quality measures, and as a result, see a reduction in unneeded checks to reduce the overall time spent on inspection checks by 5-10%.
Digitalization not only eliminates paper waste, it also enables you to optimize your use of ingredients, prevent making foods to the wrong specs, and other factors that can cause food safety and quality issues that lead to waste.
Employee performance and morale
By automating tedious processes and providing operator guidance , you can reduce human error while freeing up time for your team to make better use of their skills. Having a centralized system also fosters team collaboration and co-ordination as everyone is now working within the same digital environment.