There is a trend among food process manufacturing companies to use software that provides real-time information about the production process so that any disruption can be minimized. Using CompuTec’s ProcessForce for food in combination with SAP Business One can help you to have a great view of your company.
The food and beverage industry leads some of the most complex businesses. Competition is fierce and consumers have higher expectations when it comes to products and services offered.
Manufacturers in the food and beverage industry have continuously been seeking different ways to do things better and faster, while keeping costs in check.
How do they do this? The answer is two-fold: they use technology to maximize efficiency as well as reduce expenses — including operating on smaller margins.
Even with increased challenges, manufacturers are making major strides to improve by moving towards a business service model.
Accomplishing this requires an increase in transparency, tighter controls, good planning, streamlined operational processes and more collaboration between departments — all of which require investments
The implementation of SAP Business One has always been a crucial factor in the success of many small and mid-sized food processors.
Focusing on what they do best, i.e. manufacturing, and with the help of industry specific solutions tailored to their needs, these industry leaders can now effectively manage all aspects of their business, including finance and accounting.
With SAP Business One and Computec ProcessForce, small and mid-sized food processors can now operate across multiple locations with the same level of efficiency as their larger competitors.
SAP Business One and Computec ProcessForce are the ideal combination for efficient, error free and cost-effective data processing – resulting in dramatic increases in productivity and profitability, giving your company an advantage in today’s increasingly competitive market.
Here are some additional features that make ProcessForce and SAP Business One the ideal solution for food manufacturers.
SAP Business One together with the ProcessForce add-on enable bidirectional batch-level traceability from the end product to the raw materials and vice versa. This means that you can trace the raw or contact materials used for a particular end product batch and to which customers the batch in question has been supplied to.
On the other hand, you can also trace all the end product batches in which a particular raw or contact material batch has been used and which supplier supplied the original batch.
As well as enabling an inventory level traceability from an end product back to its source, SAP Business One together with ProcessForce also provide an inventory level traceability for materials received from suppliers. This means that you can track down whether a supplier has delivered the correct amount of a specific material, at the correct time, of what quality and whether it was produced under suitable hygienic conditions.
What’s more, SAP Business One together with ProcessForce enables you to perform an inventory level traceability along each step in your production process from receiving to shipping.
This form of production process traceability ensures that the customer receives exactly what they ordered, when they ordered it and how they ordered it. It also allows you to see where any deviations occur in your manufacturing process so that potential.
Product Information Management
Product information management is the process of collecting and storing all the data related to a product across its lifecycle. This includes sales, manufacturing and distribution information, as well as regulatory compliance requirements, such as ingredients and labelling.
There are many reasons why food processors need to manage product information effectively:
1. Systematic and detailed management of product information improves transparency and traceability of food products. The solution enables comprehensive and detailed management of product information, from raw materials to end-products. Detailed information such as item ingredients and allergen records can be stored in the ERP system’s item master data so that this information is always available when required.
2. Product information can be used to automatically control shelf-life information and batch ID generation, which streamlines daily business processes, for example. The solution has built-in functionality for the creation of shelf-life or expiry dates which are linked to the batch ID. Moreover, it contains a robust audit trail which helps to keep track of changes made to the product information over time (e.g., to ingredient lists).
3. Food processors require up-to-date knowledge on regulatory requirements, such as classifications, certificates and batch tests in order to ensure that their products comply with regulations. Product Information Management allows you to store all relevant regulatory documents within the solution so that they are always up to date and centrally available for users at any time.
Providing accurate and timely product information can enable your business to make more informed decisions when it comes to managing resources.
Here are a few ways using product information management can help you improve your bottom line:
Make better inventory decisions. Inventory is one of the biggest costs for any business. Using product information management to quickly and accurately track products in your inventory means you can avoid overstocking or running out of products in high demand. It also makes it easier to see what products may need to be reordered or replenished so they aren’t lost on the shelves.
Buy smarter. Accurate inventory numbers mean you can be sure you’re ordering the right quantities of necessary products at competitive prices. If your inventory system is based on inaccurate data, you may wind up with excess supplies that don’t sell or run out of needed goods before you get a chance to restock.
ProcessForce for Food processing enables companies to manage the entire product lifecycle from raw materials through order fulfilment and payment processing – including both business-to-business and direct to consumer.
Production planning and production management
For a food process manufacturing plant, one of the most important processes is the actual production planning of an order.
When an order comes in, certain materials are required to make the product. These materials include raw materials and finished products.
So once orders are received, we’re required to plan these materials out in our production facility and also make sure that we have enough of each item on hand.
And this means that when a particular small batch or run is complete, we’re able to replenish stock levels back to normal or move onto the next product on our assembly line.
ProcessForce is the production management solution for food & beverage and other process manufacturing industries. With ProcessForce, SAP Business One customers can successfully manage their production planning, production execution, inventory management and procurement processes.
Tailored specifically for process manufacturing, ProcessForce is an easy-to-use yet powerful solution that helps you manage your core production activities with clear visibility and greater flexibility.
The following are some of the main benefits of ProcessForce and SAP Business One:
Simplified business planning:
Automated business calculations based on predefined manufacturing rules help reduce errors and ensure better accuracy in your business planning processes. This improves the accuracy of your reports and provides a clear picture of your company’s performance at any time.
Flexible production scheduling:
The flexible scheduling functionality in ProcessForce allows you to adjust your schedules based on changes in demand or other factors quickly and easily. The ability to change planned orders within hours is especially helpful for perishable items or those with short shelf lives.
Business processes are an integral part of managing a food processing company. Nowadays, there is a lot of talk about process management and the need for efficiency across industries. That’s why it is crucial for food companies to select the right business process management software that will enable them to boost their productivity.
Treating food production as a series of tasks or activities also known as “processes” allows you to optimize your workflow and have a better control over your company’s resources. SAP Business One with Computec ProcessForce provides powerful functionality that helps you manage your processes in a simple, efficient way and enables you to:
- Manage complex recipes
- Forecast with real-time data
- Plan production more effectively
- Estimate cost savings, yield and profit
- Eliminate errors, bottlenecks, and delays from the production process
Computec ProcessForce is an add-on solution that can be seamlessly integrated into SAP Business One allowing you to monitor every stage of the production process and make informed decisions about your company’s future. With Computec ProcessForce for food you can transform your company into a leaner, more effective organization able to meet market demands and achieve your bottom-line objectives.
It’s not easy to get a handle on daily operations when you’re juggling multiple tasks. You need software that works for you, not the other way around. And you need people who really understand your industry and can help you achieve success.
Signum Solutions delivers honest advice, straight answers and real results for companies just like yours — food process manufacturers who want to enjoy the benefits of smart technology without complicated, hard-to-use software.
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