This combination of experience from SG systems combined with the drive and enthusiasm for production efficiency from FreshPoint, has produced a remarkable traceability system which complies with even the most stringent legislations whilst delivering a ROI through improved yield at the Quality Control Points.
The ‘Vantage’ Traceability Solution is a combination of hardware and software modules which integrate with the companies ERP System, providing seamless control to the production floor where produce, such as tomatoes, are repackaged into new customer specific boxes. It starts by a download from the FreshPoint standard AS400 based ERP solution.
This download provides the ‘Vantage’ shop floor workstations with information relating to customer orders, delivery dates, items ordered and available inventory to ‘deduct’ from. The workstations take the form of touch screen ‘Vantage’ production line Terminals, barcode scanners, label printers and a heavy duty platform scale.
When the line supervisors select the relevant customer sales order from the ‘Vantage’ touch screen display, it details how many boxes of a particular product have been ordered. Each box of tomatoes is then filled to a target weight (forcing the Operator to add more products if the package is underweight – a legislative issue surrounding minimum weight. If the box is too heavy, then product is removed until within the target preventing unnecessary product giveaway). Only when the box is exactly within the weighing tolerance will a label be printed to apply to the box.
Each label is unique and fully traceable. The label displays information such as the Lot Number, Country of Origin Code, Customer Name, Use By Date & Customer Details. As each label is generated, the Vantage System is adding product to the customer order to enable the Management Team to have real time production information based on actual throughput.