A Manufacturing Business Technology reporter recently spoke with an ERP industry professional, Reddy Beeram. The conversation highlighted some of the specific benefits that food manufacturers have received from implementing ERP systems.
The primary benefit that Beeram noted was the ability for ERP systems to improve the ability of food manufacturers to trace their inventory. ERP does this by interlinking all the data in the company, which - thanks to complementary data collection tools - allows a company to track products as they move through operations. This means that a company can maintain accurate records in real-time and manage products from the date and time of creation through the manufacturing and distribution path.
During the conversation, Beeram said that traceability is a secondary benefit that comes from the implementation of data collection systems. He noted that being able to keep track of data in this way allows companies to quickly respond to situations as they arise, such as if a product needs to be recalled.
In addition to visibility and traceability, Beeram noted in the course of the interview that implementing an ERP system can not only improve operational efficiency, but can facilitate better customer relations. He specifically mentioned the ability for supply chain improvements to help with customer retention and improving customer satisfaction.
He also noted that the successful implementation of a data collection system requires that a company know how to successful link all of its data. Beeram said data linkage is one of the biggest challenges that companies face when implementing a new system into manufacturing operations.
Food and beverage companies using wireless technologies
A Food Processing article also discussed how the industry is implementing new digital technologies to improve operational efficiencies. The article specifically mentioned the implementation of wireless technologies as a trend to help companies better track and monitor the manufacturing of products.
John Martin, food and beverage industry manager at Emerson Micro Motion, was quoted in the interview as saying, “[Food and beverage companies] are willing to look at new technologies that can help them achieve [the] goals [of producing high-quality products] and they will invest in new equipment that can provide high accuracy and highly repeatable measurements. Their final product quality relies on this and their brand can be damanged if their products don’t meet the customers’ expectations.”