Ensure Food Quality Standards Using Innomaint’s Food Safety Management Software and Improve Overall Production
The agri-food industry(AFI) manifests everywhere and is an intrinsic part of our everyday lives. It is not to be confused with agro-industry, which transforms agricultural, fishing, or domestic animals and birds raised for profit into non-food products.
The AFI integrates all the industrial activities that process raw materials from the above sources in an industrial setting to produce edible foodstuffs. These activities include, but are not limited to:
- Preservation of fruit and vegetables
- Manufacture of bakery and confectionery products
- Manufacture and processing of dairy products
- Meat processing and preservation
- Processing of fish, crabs, and chicken
- Semi processing of foods to be supplied to hotels·
- Beverage manufacturing
Ever stricter laws for Food safety
The Food Processing & Manufacturing Industry is a sector associated with health and safety concerns. Governments have laid down stringent regulations and food safety standards (for slaughterhouses too) as humans are the end-users.
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India(FSSAI) conducts many such surprise checks and revokes the licenses or slaps fine on the non-compliant eateries, canteens, etc. Central Government has been writing to State Food Commissioners to be vigilant and take prompt action on complaints. With the advent of social media, a WhatsApp message is sufficient to alert the food safety officials on deficiencies in the quality and hygiene of the food served.
The slightest carelessness can turn out to be dangerous for the health of the consumer. Brands cannot afford to compromise their responsibility and reputation in the long term.
How CMMS scores over traditional approaches
Relying 100 % on paper-based approaches is not wise due to traceability, scalability & active monitoring issues. The industrial leaders have realized this as they increasingly adopt a CMMS solution to connect people, processes, tools, spares, sensors in a unified digital pipeline. Such connectivity ensures no service request or Planned Preventive Maintenance Task falls through the cracks and is followed up effectively till completion. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points(HACCP) are monitored at regular intervals via automation. Corrective action can be triggered automatically via mobile.
The sector is increasingly reliant on computerized maintenance management solutions(CMMS) to render stability and safety to its production lines, optimize production and distribution chains and step up food safety. CMMS plays a key role in running a food manufacturing plant successfully.
Clarity in Communication
With a CMMS, you receive alerts on nearing renewal dates for certifications. It helps food processing and manufacturing facilities to gain the confidence of customers. Periodical checking of equipment becomes easy and routine.
You can describe a problem statement clearly with multimedia illustrations which reduce the time taken for routing breakdown requests into the system. The technicians can also run the asset through its complete operational cycle and update it in the same ticket as proof for the fix provided. CMMS system covers all communication gaps, eliminates language proficiency issues, and simplifies the interpretation of work instructions. It permits the reuse of the knowledge of seniors for minimal downtime.
Reduced Food Wastage
Define the acceptable levels for Food wastage by routine checks in terms of volume or mass during production and implement corrective actions in the form of easy checklists. In general, experts believe that a food manufacturing facility is careful and diligent in production if wastage is less than 10% of gross production.
With a Food industry CMMS, you can
- Standardize food hygiene and sanitation practices
- Describe the protocols for delivery of the food
- Store monitoring records and registers & accesses 24×7
- Manage multiple food processing and manufacturing facilities
- Conduct a hazard analysis and critical control point((HACCP) check
- Trigger corrective actions automatically
- Record every operation for quicker & easier audits
Comply with Food Safety Regulations
With InnoMaint Food Safety Management Software, you can easily meet the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the ISO 22000 family of International Standards, etc. Conducting inspections and audits is much easier. You can easily establish asset hierarchies and attach safety manuals, standard operating procedures, and important records related to equipment and assets. You can access any data(with proper authorization) needed in a few clicks from the centralized cloud storage.
Maximize Equipment Reliability
Food manufacturers can maximize equipment reliability with routine PPM and predictive maintenance. Any hurdle in the process can have a telling impact on production and profit margins. The CMMS also has provisions to keep unnecessary service expenditure under control by providing a workflow for predictive maintenance performing maintenance based on usage and conditions. Thus you can operate your machinery in peak operating conditions. You can check this live via Overall Equipment Effectiveness Monitoring – i.e., the availability, quality and performance at any time using the Internet of Things – the concept advocated by modern Industrial Revolution 4.0 standards for a glorious future.
Make Smarter Asset Management Decisions
With complete access to service history available instantly upon a mobile scan of a QR code pasted on assets, provide best fixes and arrive at sound decisions on moving the asset across production lines and disposal. You can do this with deep visibility into asset movements within the facility(precise asset tracking) and move management without any disturbance to ongoing maintenance schedules.
Imagine this with conventional excel sheet-based approaches. Everything would have become chaos, wouldn’t it? How about the reliability and accuracy of manual reports? With a CMMS, You need not rely on any individual for data collection, reliability of data, and collating them to understand the maintenance progress. Hence turn to trustworthy reports and Dashboard metrics accepted worldwide.
Subject matter experts in Food Processing & Manufacturing Industry would very well be aware of the significance of performance metrics and comprehensive reports in planning for a meeting. Hence utilize the services of a CMMS/EAM solution in your favor. Best allocate budgets and plan training needs based on the dynamic data available using IoT integration.
Kickstart the digital revolution
It is glad to note that the agri-food industry is now open-minded to adopt new-age techniques and technologies to address present-day maintenance challenges.
Build an ecosystem of connected Factories and groom your industry for the inevitable digitization of maintenance operations characterized by mass production and automation. It will reduce human intervention for burden-free maintenance management.
InnoMaint has offered proven solutions to several food manufacturing facilities with an unparalleled user experience. Try InnoMaint for free. Discover its capabilities in organizing maintenance for a quicker Return on Investment(ROI).