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.

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

 

 

 

 

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 

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

 

The Need For 360° Traceabilty

360 Tracability

If you’re part of a regulated industry supply chain whether it’s pharmaceutical, chemicals or food, traceability is a necessary evil. Governing bodies and codes of practice regulate the industry to ensure standards are implemented for consumers, examples include FDA’s Code of Federal Regulations Title 21 (CFR) and Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs) http://1.usa.gov/1mh3QfJ , FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) http://1.usa.gov/1mh36ay  and the BRC Global Standards http://bit.ly/1mh4Vo2

Just saying “Batch Traceability” sounds really easy, but in reality it’s a complex multi-dimension business issue which touches all parts of the enterprise, and should be managed in a holistic manner.

We all hear the term Big Data and its loose definition of large volumes of data, and its related problems with data capture, storage, search, analysis and visualisation to name but a few. But depending on the industry, product, customer and user, Big Data problems tend to be specific to you!

Searching through batch records and other related data can take time, with input from different departments, when trying to understand the cause and effect, when undertaking a real life recall or a BRC audit. But with the paradigm shift created by SAP HANA, data visualization and predictive analytics totally changes the way users consume data and analyse business problems.

Visualisation is the optimum way to view data, dramatically increasing visibility to help hotspots, while predictive analytics can provide early warning of problems before they arrive, thus reducing time and cost to make timely and informed decisions.

An example of Visualisation would be a traceability dashboard or plotting customers with the defective batch on a google map. While for predictive analysis trending customer complaints indicating a potential product re-call.

ProcessForce  provides relationship map visualisation to tackle the topic of batch traceability. For example, it has helped one of our customers, UK food and beverage producer Evolution Foods support their BRC requirements, ensuring  timely compliance within the reporting timelines.

Visit our case studies page and read the Evolution story.

 

An Interview with Adam Salisbury, Finance Director at MRC – The Flava People

A privately owned family business, MRC has been making tasty marinades, glazes, coaters and sauces for butchers, retailers and the wider food industry since 1976.  Now with over 350 products on offer, MRC has won numerous awards for its innovative manufacturing and energy saving processes over recent years and as an investor in people the business has also increased the amount of jobs it is able to provide and currently employs over 50 people at its base in Manchester.

 

In this interview with MRC’s Finance Director Adam Salisbury, find out what steps the business has taken to achieve impressive sustainable growth in the last year:

 

Q: What has the last year been like for MRC?

A: We’re currently going through a period of sustained, planned growth and have managed to achieve this by making planned and well informed changes to the business.

 

Q: What changes have you made to support business growth?

 A: We have worked to ensure that we have the right people and structure, so that our staffs’ best skills are used to their best potential, as well as employing more people to maintain consistently excellent customer service.  We have also employed a ‘Head of Innovation’ whose experience is chef-based.  He has been able to accurately predict future trends, such as what ‘BBQ 2014’ would look like.  We’ve then been able to promptly pass this on to our customers so that they can present the right products at the right times, to their customers.

 

Q: How has the business coped with changes?

A: It’s all been about planning and investing, which is where SAP Business One came in.  We didn’t feel that our current ERP system was able to cope with our anticipated growth and it didn’t have the financial controls needed to reap the rewards of growth.

 

Q: What were your considerations in choosing a new ERP system to support growth?

A: Our previous software and server were both old and hadn’t been updated.  If anything was to have gone wrong it would have been extremely disruptive and time consuming to get everything back, which didn’t feel very safe.  Choosing a modern system that had the latest technology was an obvious step to take in order to minimise risk.  We found that SAP Business One was more than just an accounting system and the ProcessForce addition, which Signum Solutions implemented together with the SAP system, really appealed to us as a food business because of the flexibility it would give us.

 

Q: Was there anything that stood out as a key differentiator for the new system compared with other similar systems?

A: The usability for a wider audience was one of the main reasons that we chose SAP Business One.  Some well-known accounting systems are very good, but the usability is invariably aimed at Accountants.  SAP Business One makes our business-wide IT usage far easier for everyone from store people to planners, who perhaps aren’t very experienced in using different software systems. Basically, it isn’t just an accounting system – it ticks more boxes for the entire business.

 

Q: How affordable have you found the new system to be?

A: To be perfectly honest, everyone thinks that SAP is expensive.  I’d used a different version before in a much larger company and when we say we use SAP to people they automatically assume that’s the one we’re using.  What many people don’t realise is that the SAP Business One software is for SMEs, with pricing for SMEs.  Affordability is not an issue – the pricing for SAP Business One is certainly comparable to other products that are similar or just accountancy focused.

 

Q: How has the new system benefited company growth so far?

A: MRC is a small company and so our advantage over larger companies is the high level of personalised customer service that we are able to offer, alongside rapid decision making and turnaround times.  Speed is key.  If a customer needs something very quickly, we can turn it around.  This includes sourcing bespoke products more easily, more quickly and with greater flexibility.

 

 Q: Are there any other areas of the business that the system benefits?

A: We’ve got far more confidence about stock holding and our ability to produce products as and when we need to.  The information is always easily accessible in SAP Business One – we can see what’s coming in and when, as well as when the raw materials go into production.  It provides great overall visibility into all of our stock requirements.

 

 Q: How did you decide on the right ERP partner?

A: Signum were local, we had a good rapport and they gave us the confidence that they would deliver the project.  As a company similar in size to our own, we felt quite a lot of synergy with the people at Signum and found that we could genuinely believe what they told us they could do for us.

 

View customer case studies to find out more about how Signum Solutions’ experience within the food manufacturing, foodservice and food wholesale industries has helped similar businesses achieve streamlined processes and financial benefits, with Signum’s Industry Edition for Food and Beverage.

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.

Evolution Foods: Supporting rapid expansion, compliance and traceability

Evolution Foods tripled turnover in the last 2.5 years and now has over 200 products, but its previous system could not cope with this level of rapid expansion. With supermarkets looking for better full life-cycle tracking of products, the business looked for a system with capabilities to support food industry requirements as well as enabling room for further growth. Having implemented SAP Business One and ProcessForce 3 months ago, Mike Alexander comments: “The amazing thing is, I’ve implemented a lot of computer systems before but with this one I’m really impressed by how quickly we got to the stage where everyone is completely comfortable with the system. I’m very impressed with the functionality too.  I would absolutely recommend it and would definitely choose it again!”

Why Signum Solutions

“It was the ProcessForce add on that Signum Solutions offer alongside SAP Business One that ultimately made us decide to partner with Signum.  With the need to support BRC requirements alongside more and more regulations that are being put into place, we could see that the solution would handle all of that really well.”

Mike continues: “The relationship with Signum has been really good.  I’d actually been speaking to them on and off for 2 years, so when the time came to look for something new, I knew it was worth getting back in touch.  Since implementation any issues have been dealt with quickly and it’s easy to call up and speak to the staff.  Signum offers the type of flexibility and approach to customer service that you don’t tend to find with similar bigger companies.”

 

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