ProcessForce; Weight-based Recipes

ProcessForce, a process-oriented recipe-based ERP application provides you the flexibility to enter the data in the manner in which makes sense to you and your business.

In industries such as food and beverage, chemicals and life sciences, the raw materials and ingredients being consumed within the recipe or formulation may be based on a percentage of weight values rather than traditional quantity values.

These industries have a requirement, not just to be able to enter a percentage weight into a formulation, but for that formulation to calculate the total ingredient quantities, the total overall percentage and total weight values.

Where standard ERP solutions tend not to allow the input of percentage values when entering quantities in recipes, ProcessForce can also be configured to provide a warning to the user if the total weight is greater than 100% or more than 100% of the recipe size.

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Would you like to define and enter your product recipes into your ERP system using % weight values? Does your current ERP solution force you to enter the recipe as basic quantity values, because the system uses a traditional engineering based bill of material format? If so, call us on 01244 676 900 and or complete the form below to discover how SAP Business One along with ProcessForce can solve your business issues.

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Signum Solutions awarded CompuTec, Partner Excellence Award 2017

Signum Solutions are proud to announce today that we are the proud recipients of the CompuTec Partner Excellence Award 2017.

The Inaugural ProcessForce Special Interest Group met at the Daresbury Park Hotel last week and the day was productive and full of information.

Our hopes for the day were to bring together those customers who utilise the ProcessForce solution and to develop a support network of peers. We opened the channels of communication between our customers and the software authors, CompuTec and learned quite a bit about what CompuTec has planned for the next year. We believe that this will allow our customers to maximise ProcessForce functionality for their specific requirement and provides a platform to maximise their investment in the software.

At the conclusion of the conference, CompuTec CEO, Lukasz Chomin, presented the coveted Partner Excellence Award 2017 to Signum’s Managing Director, Lindsay Pointon, given in recognition of the long standing partnership, excellence in quality of ProcessForce implementations and exceptional customer satisfaction.

Adam Lebkowski – CompuTec Channel Manager said “During the last 5 years CompuTec have established a very strong and successful relationship with Signum Solutions. Signum are a very experienced SAP Business One partner, highly specialized in the field of CompuTec ProcessForce software. Our strong bond comes from the fact that both – CompuTec and Signum are very focused in delivering specific solutions enhancing the standard SAP products for food and chemical process manufacturing. Together with Signum Solutions, we succeeded and helped many clients to be effective in the businesses that they run. Signum is a key partner in CompuTec’s business strategy, and we are proud to be able to develop industry specific functionalities for such a strong and dedicated partner. We are continually moving forward in our common journey to build the successful products are focused on happy, referral customers.”

Signum MD, Lindsay Pointon commented, “We are proud to have been named as one of CompuTec’s top UK partners. This award is testament to the dedication of the whole Signum team to deliver the right solution for process manufacturers. We understand the challenges faced in this industry and together with CompuTec, we look forward to continuing to support manufacturers by delivering a solution that adds real business value.”

“Thank you! We appreciate the recognition and look forward to a successful 2018!”

About CompuTec

CompuTec S.A, is a growing privately owned business comprising of over 50 employees, with 4 offices located across Poland. We are recognized as one of the top SAP Business One Gold partners within the region, as well as one of the country’s leading providers of IT business solutions and related services. We have formed strategic partnerships with innovators and leaders of industry such as SAP, Microsoft, Cisco, IBM and EMC to name but a few. Our business practice comprises of  a customer focused team of certified consultants and engineers who  deliver value based solutions, addressing the needs of our customers and partners.With over a decade of experience we have the knowhow to implement end-to-end solutions ranging from network infrastructure, to desktop productivity tools, to ERP and customer specific software solutions.

About Signum Solutions

Signum are long-standing SAP Business Partners that specialize solely on the Business One solution for small to medium sized businesses. Industry sectors where the business offers a unique and proven solution are: food and beverage,chemicals, food service and wholesale. With offices based in the North of England and in the Midlands, Signum Solutions has over 50 customers and focuses on providing industry leading, affordable ERP Solutions alongside expert knowledge and implementation experience, to SMEs in all of its chosen key industry sectors.

Discover why Signum are SAP’s fastest growing partner for Business One in the UK and find out what our customers say by visiting our case studies section.

10 Reasons your business needs SAP Business One

Signum Solutions understands as a growing business you are one step closer to selecting a business management software for your company’s changing needs. We know this is an important step in your company’s path and one not to be taken lightly.

To aid you in your journey we have listed the top 10 reasons why your business needs to move to SAP Business One. So you can see first-hand how you can significantly improve the way you manage your business.

  1. SAP Business One is affordable
  2. Specifically developed for small to medium enterprises (SME’s)
  3. SAP Business One is designed to grow with your business and can easily adapt to your changing needs
  4. Provides real time analytics ensuring you have full visibility of the data you need to make better business decisions.
  5. SAP Business One offers a wide range of industry specific solutions
  6. ERP solution that is fast to implement, easy to use and needs minimal IT support
  7. Gain fully integrated functionality across your entire business with SAP Business One
  8. SAP Business One gives you a fast return on your investment
  9. SAP Business one is from the word leaderin business applications – SAP
  10. It’s supported by Signum Solutions, Gold partner with SAP Business One Recognised Expertise and industry expert for Food and Drink, Food Service, Chemicals, Wholesale and Distribution and Manufacturing.

 

Your business has a lot of distinctive features. It’s time to make the move and find the perfect software fit for your business, contact your SAP Business One Industry experts, Signum Solutions on 01244 676900 for more information.

Batch Traceability – Looking for a needle in a haystack

If your business produces products within a regulated industry, batch traceability is of the utmost importance. The reality of “Batch Traceability” is that it is a highly complex multi-dimension issue that touches all parts of the enterprise.

The problem arises, when you have to find the cause to understand the effect, regardless if you’re undertaking a real life or simulated product analysis and recall. Searching through your batch record Big Data, is like “looking for a needle in a haystack”. Visualisation is the optimum way to sift through the data haystack to find the information needle point to increase visibility, reduce the time and cost of analysis to make timely and informed decisions.

Using our SAP Business One – Industry Edition with ProcessForce, provides such a solution for regulated industries, allowing users to quickly understand the batch path (both forwards and backwards) and batch status through the inventory and production flow process and to then drill down to understand the transactional effects and implications across the enterprise.

To better understand the benefits of batch Traceability in SAP Business One, visit our case studies or alternatively, if you want to know more about how we can help, call 01244 676900 or fill in the form below.

 

Top 10 ERP manufacturing requirements for Food & Beverage

As a result of greater reported health incidents due to poor labelling, cross contamination and false ingredient declaration across the supply chain has led to increased regulation in the Food and Beverage industry. Changing your current ERP landscape may be necessary to meet the regulatory demands of today and also for the future. We have compiled a list of the 10 most popular requirements you should be thinking about when evaluating your current ERP.

Here  are the top 10 manufacturing requirements you should be adding to your ERP section checklist:

  1. Ingredient Declaration and Allergens – calculate nutritional and allergen data, and record supplier certificates and specifications data for Halal, Kosher, Bio categories.

 

  1. Batch Traceability and Recall – simple and easy to use forward and backward tracking to understand and answer all your batch related questions.

 

  1. Batch Date and Quality Status Control – shelf life, expiry date, and inspection dates to reduce stock  write-offs, obsolescence and increase business profits, and status control to block batches to be consumed or sold.

 

  1. Material Consumption – based on a FIFO and/or FEFO basis, and in high volume production backflush traceable products.

 

  1. Quality Control – manage pre, in-process and post production quality control checks, batch and serial re-testing and purchase goods receipt to increase product quality and safety.

 

  1. Recipe Management – create percentage based recipes to include scrap and yield, co-Product, by-product and scrap management – to manage product variation as a result of the production process.

 

  1. Yield Planning and Analysis – build into your recipe planned yield percentages and method for calculating actual yield.

 

  1. Complaint management – centralise customers, supplier and internal business complaints into your ERP system, for analysis and business process integration to product returns, financial credits and quality processes.

 

  1. Scheduling – optimise the factory based on an allergen vs non-allergen production plan, while keeping to customer delivery dates.

 

  1. Certificate of Analysis – print general and customer specific certificate of analysis documents for the same batch

 

If you want to know more about upgrading your ERP system, give us a call on 01244 676900 or visit our contact page

 

 

 

 

The food & drink supply chain: quality and contamination risks

Guest Blog by Food Journalist Paul Gander

In my last entry, I looked at the risks to the food ingredient supply chain from criminal adulteration of (usually relatively high-value) raw materials. In fact, the role of food fraud in downstream threats to quality and safety is minor in comparison with other challenges – despite the high-profile exceptions to this rule.

Those challenges from the upper reaches of the supply chain tend to have more to do with negligence than malice, potentially involving inadvertent contamination with allergens, pathogens or simply poor-quality ingredients.

Naturally, even those manufacturers which take the greatest care in screening and updating their supplier lists can fall prey to these issues. So is there anything else that can be done to reduce risk?

Increasing amounts of information directly relevant to quality monitoring are becoming available from external sources. Some of this comes from third-party quality/safety certification providers such as the British Retail Consortium (BRC). Just one small (but important) example is the BRC’s advice to manufacturers and other supply chain partners that they should check the certification status of supplier sites on its online directory. Talking to BRC packaging expert Joanna Griffiths ahead of the launch of the new issue of the Global Standard for Packaging, she told me that forged certificates of compliance were still a problem among some suppliers.

Third-party certification will provide reassurance with regard to the overall probity of your supplier, but what about specific contamination risks?

There may be nothing new about the EU’s Rapid Alert System for Food & Feed (RASFF) when it comes to potential risks from allergens and pathogens, but the number of additional tools for monitoring the global marketplace is increasing and will grow still further.

Take, for example, the widening use of whole genome sequencing (WGS) of pathogens. While some still consider this an unnecessarily elaborate (and costly) route to relatively straightforward data, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is using the technique extensively, and in the UK, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is assessing its wider value.

Head of science delivery at the FSA Alisdair Wotherspoon tells me that WGS and other relevant data is finding its way into the Global Microbial Identifier (GMI) project. This aims to create a shared platform and database ‘fingerprinting’ a broad range of micro-organisms and showing how they are linked.

On the level of chemical contamination, the UK’s Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) has been developing the idea of ‘smart surveillance’. If you have a ‘snapshot’ of what is ‘normal’, chemically-speaking, (the theory goes) then you can pick up any divergence from that benchmark. This could in turn automatically trigger a system of ‘traffic light’ warnings.

Wotherspoon makes the point that the key developments with the GMI project, for example, will come in the field of bio-informatics. That is certainly true of the way data is collected, but equally important will be the IT routes by which businesses can access that – and other – data.

No one can eliminate risk from the supply chain altogether, but by accessing and integrating external data, future food manufacturing may be able to travel a long way in that direction.

To find out how Signum and SAP Business One can aid your business call 01244 676 900, or click the button below.

Another Product Recall. Could Your Business Cope?

This week Sainsbury’s have issued a product recall of one of their chicken products, due to a packaging error. Over the past year there have been numerous recalls by all the major supermarkets. Despite regulations and precautionary measures put in place, recalls continue on a regular basis.

Managing a product recall is an extremely difficult and challenging process.  However, having the right Business Systems in place will help you minimise the risk and allow you respond quickly and effectively should your business be faced with this situation.

At Signum, we work closely with food companies looking to maintain a robust reliable solution to compliance and traceability. Our SAP Business One Industry Edition for Food and Beverage Manufacturing  is a powerful solution, simple to use and affordable. Moreover, over half of Signum Solutions’ customers operate within the food manufacturing industry, which means that we have a great deal of knowledge and expertise not only in food manufacturing system (MRP and ERP) implementation, but also in relation to the latest requirements of food manufacturing businesses.

Full Story: Food recall

To find out more about how we could help your business call 01244 676900, or click the button below or visit our resources page to discover the benefits of SAP Business One 

ERPs: Grow Your Business Faster by Running on a Single System

Think enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions are just for big companies? Think again.

According to Aberdeen, 96% of best-in-class growing businesses – the top 20% of performers – have implemented ERP solution. That’s a huge percentage – enough to consider ERP systems mission critical to the success of high-growth small and midsize companies.

And when you think about it, ERPs geared for SMEs make perfect sense. You have the same kinds of processes to support as large firms: procurement and logistics, manufacturing, customer-facing processes like sales and support, finance, HR, and more. You can either manage all of this with systems that can’t interact with one another, can’t track business processes, that can’t generate the accurate data you need to understand business performance – or you can simplify with an ERP.

Simplify Work – and Scale Easier – with a Single Business System

ERPs act as single business systems that centralise core business data and support core operations, processes, reporting, and more. They help organisations of all sizes to face their challenges and as a single business system, they support visibility, efficiency, and decision-making. At the same time, they make work faster and easier with automation, seamlessly integrated processes, and easy access to accurate, trusted data.

Take the Business One solution from SAP, for example. The software application integrates all core business functions across your entire company, including financials, sales, customer relationship management, operations, and inventory.

And the benefits, based on surveys of executives at growing businesses with ERPs, are significant and directly related to business growth. For example, they’re seeing:

  • 11% reductions in operational costs
  • 10% increases in profitability in just two years
  • A 48% likelihood that they have real-time visibility into the status of all processes (compared to 6% without an ERP)
  • A four-fold increase in their ability to forecast and plan for demand
  • 633% greater likelihood that they can share data with suppliers, customers, resellers, and regulatory bodies
  • 77% likelihood that they can standardize back-office processes (compared to 22% without an ERP)

In addition, best-in-class growing businesses reportedly can easily find and use the data they need, no matter where they are, to make fast, agile decisions; Aberdeen research shows that ERPs reduce the time it takes to make decisions by 36%! Why? Because the processes ERPs support work from and contribute to a single source of truth to support visibility, efficiency, and decision-making.

Have you thought about running your business on an ERP? Or are you still using point or stand-alone solutions for finance, customer management, HR, and other core operational areas?

I guess the real question is, given the competitive edge that ERPs provide – and their ability to make work and life easier in a small or mid-size business – can you afford not to move to an ERP?

Want to find out more? 

Call us on 01244 676900 or email enquiries@signum-solutions.co.uk

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Food manufacturers: Tracing the Genealogy of a Product

With traceability of the full life-cycle being vital to anything that is being manufactured in the food industry being of the utmost importance when supplying to wholesalers, supermarkets and smaller retail outlets alike, here’s a handy guide to ensure that you don’t miss anything out!

  1. Start with the batch and serial number, checking that all number formats and counters are defined
  2. Check that the shelf life of a product is clearly defined – in both days and hours
  3. Define the batch management policy for expiry or consumption
  4. Calculate the expiry and consume by dates, based on the shelf life of the product
  5. Record the vendor/supplier batch number for each product
  6. Define the period between inspections and plan in future inspection dates
  7. Define the warning period for batch review and expiry date inspections
  8. Record all properties inherited from the product master data, including batch properties and values
  9. Record quality control results using actual test result values, which should be stored against batch properties
  10. Ensure that all of these stages are ticked off and that everyone is aware of this at each stage!

 

That’s a lot of information to trace.  How best to keep track of all of this?

That’s the easy part.  There’s no need for numerous spreadsheets and reports to provide all of these processes and controls, which are ultimately completely necessary when tracing the genealogy of a product.

The system that more and more food manufacturing companies are choosing is part of an SAP certified industry solution called ProcessForce, which is a core part of the Signum Solutions Industry Edition for SAP Business One. It handles all of the above, easily.  As well as doing all of this:

  • Creation of batch genealogy trees, providing a forward and backward historical view of all processes
  • Creation of recall and audit reports, including lists of customers and batch recall reconciliations
  • Drill downs of transactions and document traceability navigation functionality
  • Creation of inventory and batch reports

Want to find out more? 

Call us on 01244 676900 or email enquiries@signum-solutions.co.uk

 

I think big, therefore I am

If you’re a small or medium-sized business, chances are you’re interested in planning for growth. One of the best ways to build your business is to think and work like a larger company, whilst staying agile and flexible to offer a competitive advantage. If you adopt the techniques they use, and position yourself as a firm that can compete with larger rivals, you can level the playing field and build the confidence to achieve your ambitions.

Work big to appear big

All businesses need to be efficient. But for larger companies, customer bases, staff numbers, and departments are all on a bigger scale. So they need a streamlined management system to ensure they’re integrated and functioning effectively. And by thinking big, you can do exactly the same. Implement a similar approach, and you too can consolidate your operations and run more efficiently. Your systems work better when they’re integrated together. So, you can cut down on disruptions in production and distribution. And with sales, marketing, finance, and operations all working together, you’ll spend less time dealing with the little stresses. That means more time to focus on the big things such as aftersales service, customer retention and plans for growth.

And if all your data is in one place, you’ll have better insights into all areas of your business that will help you make decisions quicker. You can also cut down on costly data errors and duplicate entries, giving you a single version of the truth. So you can make quicker decisions, and be confident they’re right for your company.

We’ve all been there

All businesses start out small. Even global online retailer Amazon began in founder Jeff Bezos’s garage. But the company thought big and took advantage of the early internet boom, mailing out books to customers who wanted to purchase online. And now Amazon is one of the biggest retailers in the world – also successfully expanding into other areas like cloud computing and technology manufacturing. Amazon attributes much of its success to customer focus. They realised early that customers were interested in choice, availability, good prices, and customer experience.

By offering these elements, they were able to satisfy their customers and build a loyal base of people who came back time and again, enabling them to grow. People didn’t see them as a large or small company – just one that delivered a service.

Think big

If you think like a big company, you can operate like one. And most importantly, your customers or end users will think of you in the same terms. They won’t care what size your business is – just the quality of your products, services, and your ability to deliver. You can offer better customer service if you’re not distracted by running multiple systems. And you can run a streamlined business with fewer disruptions by joining all your operations and automating key processes.

But do affordable solutions for small to mid-size businesses exist, they do. SAP Business One is a flexible application that can be hosted in your existing infrastructure or in the cloud. You can increase what you use as your business grows, and flex it to meet your specific requirements. It also comes with embedded business intelligence software, which you can use to produce sophisticated reports that allow you clearer insights into all areas of your business.

And with added visualisation tools you can create stunning graphics and explore your data like never before. So, in your customers’ eyes, you’ll be running a streamlined business as effective as any larger company. Thinking like a big company, can give you the confidence to operate like one. And by employing the same ways of working, through a cost-effective, manageable IT application, you’ll be able to offer the same quality of service, manufacturing and customer satisfaction – the key elements that will help your business to achieve its ambitions.  So, think big and growth will follow.

To find out more about how we can help call 01244 676 900 or contact us here.