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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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.

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.

An Interview with Martin Gore: What is ProcessForce for Food and Beverage Businesses?

Q: What does ProcessForce do?

A: ProcessForce focuses on the issues of regulation and compliance.  In particular, for companies that have to be BRC audited, features such as batch traceability, whilst from a business process side, features such as quality control, shelf life and expiry dates are extremely beneficial.

Q: Where did the idea for ProcessForce come from?

A: We found there was a hole in the market place for an industry focused solution for SAP Business One within the process manufacturing segment.  For example Food and Beverage is a key vertical that we have focused on.

Q: What makes ProcessForce work particularly well with SAP Business One?

A: We offer a seamless user experience and leverage the SAP Business One platform to provide value to our customers and partners.

Q: Which types of businesses tend to benefit most from ProcessForce with SAP Business One?

A: At a high level process manufacturing enterprises, covering verticals such as: food and beverage, personal care, life sciences including chemicals and pharmaceuticals and pet nutrition.

Q: Which features of ProcessForce do food and beverage businesses tend to find most advantageous?

A: The overall management of key master data and business processes for example FIFO and FEFO rules, yield, recipes, coproducts, batch tracking, quality control and compliance to name a few

Q: What are food businesses usually looking for when they come across ProcessForce?

A: They tend to be looking for a solution that addresses the specific needs of their industry.  There are many reasons why businesses are looking to change their existing systems, one specific is to meet the increasing needs around BRC regulations and to reduce the cost of batch related data management.

Food and beverage businesses today are driven by tighter and tighter regulations.  People like to know what they are eating and with extended global supply chains, food and beverage businesses have to know where the ingredients are coming from and where they are going to, which can be difficult to manage.

Q: How are ProcessForce customers finding the system handles all food compliance issues effectively?

A: We offer many features and functions, for example we make batch traceability easy , by visualising the supply chain, and providing insights how a product has been produced.

Q: How does the system do this?

A: ProcessForce records what has been bought from the supplier – batch number, expiry date etc, when and where the batch was consumed in production and where the final product has been sold. Then when you have a customer complaint, you can record the complaint reason codes, and via a single click see where the how the batch was produced and what went into it.

View video demonstration of ProcessForce Batch Traceability.

Q: How have sales of ProcessForce for food businesses risen over the past year?

A: Our customer base grew by 400% in 2013, with 52% of new customers being food or food related businesses.

Q: Why would you say sales are increasing/decreasing?

A: For a number of reasons.  There are more and more food companies in the marketplace and they all have to meet the increasing pressures of regulation and compliance.  Also, many ERP systems traditionally don’t have the level of functionality that a food companies require

Q: What’s next for ProcessForce?

A: Our plan is to include new enhancements and leverage SAP HANA to provide innovative industry focused extreme applications, for example a 360 degree next generation batch traceability solution.

For more information on how ProcessForce can help your food business to improve efficiencies and accelerate growth, contact Signum Solutions.