We’ve visited more than a few Pre-packaged food producers in the years since ParityFactory was first released, and no two are exactly alike. However, there is one thing that they all have in common: incredible complexity.
Long lists of ingredients, several WIP steps, and complicated processing lines mean that keeping track of exactly what’s happening throughout production can become near impossible for a generic WMS or an employee with a clipboard.
If your inventory management system can’t do the following, it may be time to consider an upgrade:
On Demand Lot Tracing
When many different ingredients are going into a single product, tracing all the lots that have gone into the finished good can quickly become a tangled mess. When a recall happens, this mess can mean frantically shuffling through endless amounts of paper to find a specific lot in the four—sometimes two—hours allotted by government agencies and big retailers.
ParityFactory solves this problem by integrating your factory floor with barcoding and scanning. Whenever goods are received, moved, or put into production, they’re scanned, meaning there’s always an accurate record of which lots ended up where, and mock recalls can be performed with a few stress-free pushes of a button.
Many Pre-packaged food producers are making to order, while some are producing to inventory. Either way, they’re often making different amounts of product day-to-day and having to face laborious and challenging calculations to figure out how much time and materials they’ll need to make their quota.
One of the most valuable features of ParityFactory is our recipe management. We store the exact quantities of ingredients and time needed for each product on recipe templates. When it’s time to produce, these templates scale to show exactly what is needed for a production run of any size. Without the need to do any manual calculations, raw materials can move quickly and smoothly into production meaning fresher food, without mistakes or delays.
Accurate Yield Tracking
Because ParityFactory is tracking every bit of product as it moves through the facility, the data needed to get accurate yields is constantly being recorded. We track both the planned and actual amounts of raw materials and packaging used, making that data immediately visible to your leadership team. This allows our users to make informed, strategic decisions to increase their efficiency, no extra calculations or data entry required.
The Pre-packaged foods world is big and diverse, and there’s no one size fits all solution to managing your warehouse. That’s why we work with our clients to fit our software to their operation, and not the other way around. If you’d like to learn more about how we’ve helped our clients succeed, reach out to us!