Enterprise quality management software fuels continuous improvement, maintains compliance and traceability, increases productivity, and prevents recalls like recent spinach and cumin contaminations
InfinityQS International, Inc., the global authority on real-time quality and Manufacturing Intelligence, announces that 15 of the top 25 food and beverage manufacturers worldwide use its enterprise quality management software, ProFicient, to improve product quality, decrease costs and make smarter business decisions. These manufacturers recognise the importance and value of data-driven manufacturing operations to ensure consumer safety and satisfaction.
Powered by a Statistical Process Control (SPC) engine, InfinityQS ProFicient proactively monitors, analyses and reports on data and processes in real time, from disparate data sources across the globe. This creates a complete view of manufacturing operations – from the plant floor through multi-tiers of suppliers. ProFicient on Demand, a cloud-based deployment of the software, streamlines global data collection and analysis with a unified data archive. Its real-time alerts enable corrective actions to prevent recalls, like the recent Dole Spinach recall for possible salmonella contamination and the extensive cumin recalls due to undeclared peanut proteins. The resulting Manufacturing Intelligence promotes continuous improvement and optimises overall operations. Moreover, ProFicient helps food manufacturers readily comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) by providing farm-to-fork traceability and ensuring accurate documentation for audits.
With InfinityQS ProFicient, the following food and beverage manufacturers achieved impactful results:
- A major produce supplier oversees 16 food processing sites in two different parts of the United States: Salinas Valley, California, and Yuma, Arizona. For seven months, the company operates on the coast, and then when the seasons change they shift inland to Arizona. In just one weekend, it moves the entire facility – machines, lines and equipment – from one place to another without missing a beat. Yet, the company does not have an IT team. Instead, it uses the cloud-based ProFicient on Demand to coordinate quality at all facilities year round, eliminating the time and financial costs of installation and implementation.
- A leading snack foods manufacturer saved over $1 million at just one plant on overfill costs and lowered customer complaints by more than 30 percent in the first year of deployment. With ProFicient, this manufacturer uses a single system to manage five core areas of quality control: data collection and integration, real-time monitoring and analysis, workflow management, advanced reporting, and an SPC quality hub.
- A foremost North American consumer packaged food and beverage company integrated ProFicient on Demand with manufacturing measuring tools at three separate facilities, as well as data collection software in its laboratories, enabling data to be sent directly to a centralised data repository. This not only reduces paper usage and manual data entry, but also enables the manufacturer to identify variances and out-of-spec issues as they arise across different plants. The company reported $2.1 million improvement in savings due to waste reduction. That number is sustainable, year-after-year, with continued use of the software.
- A global food and beverage leader established and maintained standardised quality processes across nearly 150 bottling plants worldwide. With a cloud-based deployment of ProFicient, the IT team configured the software once, in a single location, and deployed it to each location with standardisations based on user-based permissions and preferences such as user’s location, preferred language, level in the corporate hierarchy and required view of the software. The company also integrated devices on production lines to automate collection of data for net content control, HAACP compliance, federal regulations, and specification limits on PET bottle creation. The company is quickly seeing time and cost savings, a reduction in maintenance and an increase in operational efficiency.
Michael Lyle, president and CEO, said, “Globally, food and beverage manufacturers are facing increased pressure to improve quality, maintain compliance and traceability, and increase productivity. At the same time, supply chains are stretching further around the world and consumers are more involved in advocating for safety precautions and healthier foods and beverages. To address priorities for each stakeholder, manufacturers from the C-suite to the plant floor must embrace available tools and technology and adopt best practices to deploy advanced systems to their fullest extent.”
About InfinityQS International, Inc.
InfinityQS International, Inc.® is the global authority on Manufacturing Intelligence and enterprise quality. The company’s Manufacturing Intelligence platform, ProFicient, delivers real-time visibility from the shop floor, across the enterprise and into the supply chain, allowing top manufacturers to take control of quality. Powered by a centralised Statistical Process Control (SPC) analytical engine, ProFicient manufacturing quality software leverages Manufacturing Intelligence to help global manufacturers improve product quality, decrease costs, maintain compliance and make smarter, data-driven business decisions. Headquartered near Washington, D.C., with offices in Seattle, London, Koblenz, Beijing and Shanghai, InfinityQS was founded in 1989 and now services more than 40,000 active licenses with over 2,500 of the world’s top manufacturers including Kraft Foods, Ball Corporation, Boston Scientific, Graham Packaging and Medtronic. For more information, visit www.infinityqs.com.
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