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Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software for the food and beverage industry is more challenging than some vendors would have you think. Not only do you need batch process ERP with recipe management, but you need that data to flow directly into discrete manufacturing ERP for packaging and labelling. Quality assurance and management – with excellent traceability for recall management – are also important to comply with local food safety regulations and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems. Maintenance software to keep process equipment up and running. IFS delivers all of this in a flexible, component-based suite – with finance, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Supply Chain Management (SCM), mixed-mode manufacturing, maintenance and more. From new product development through to field service management for route sales or delivery, you can look to IFS.
IFS Applications gives you a 360-degree view of your supply chain and production capacity, allowing you to make informed decisions and meet challenging customer demands – on a daily basis. IFS Applications can be used in the office, on the shop floor, in the warehouse and by your mobile workforce.
Process manufacturing including food and beverage is an asset-intensive business. That means at the very least, a basic Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS) is necessary to capture and manage costs of operating and maintaining your equipment. Greater utility is available through full Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), however. EAM software from IFS will allow you to maximise the return on investment in capital assets like process manufacturing equipment and plants. The same level of traceability and documentation you’ll find in our ERP solutions is present in EAM, and that means that you can more easily comply with audits from FDA, OSHA or other regulators. Manage maintenance projects, lifecycle extensions or refits with embedded enterprise project management functionality.
You can also spot and mitigate risks resulting from equipment condition, and co-ordinate maintenance and refit work to coincide with lulls in the production schedule.
In an industry known for fierce competition and razor-thin profit margins, IFS Applications™ for food and beverage gives you the tools to maintain your competitive edge. IFS Applications is a comprehensive, industry-specific solution that helps you balance supply and demand, streamline the supply chain, comply with new regulations, and turn new customers into repeat customers.
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The high-volume, transaction-intensive nature of food and beverage supply chain logistics presents significant challenges. When raw materials, ingredients and manufactured products have a limited shelf life, processes such as order intake, allocations, picking, packing, and shipping become increasingly difficult to manage and predict.