Pet Food & Bird Seed Manufacture
Pet food manufacturing
More than 12 million households now own a total of 51 million pets, according to the Pet Food Manufacturer’s Association 2018 report*. With over nine million dogs and eight million cats, the £2.8bn market for pet food continues to increase and diversify.
Making the most of technology to control the often heavily automated and end-to-end production processes is essential; traceability and quality are as important for pet food manufacturing as any other part of the food production sector.
And as pet food manufacturers often produce a wide variety of ranges and products, ensuring the right raw materials are used within each batch and the product consistency is maintained requires detailed planning, controls and reporting.
From dog food to bird feed
From managing dry or wet dog food on different lines to combining data on multiple mix processes for bird feed, the SI pet food software solution gives you all the control and data you need to improve your business.
With information available in real-time and archived for future audits, you will always know what has happened to every batch. This includes everything from temperature monitoring for cooked dog food to what bird feed products are in the treatment or drying room. It can even allow you to monitor mass balance, waste and margins.
Automating Recipe Management and Stock Control
Our Recipe Management and Stock Control modules are a key part of the SI suite of integrated food processing software. They automate the process, preventing any human error, whilst simultaneously updating stock levels and recording and mass balances.
By using SI’s Recipe Management and Stock Control software, pet food manufacturers will ensure each and every batch has the right raw materials added into it, and the defined tolerances are observed.
To find out more about SI’s automated recipe management module, click here.
Data capture provides full control and visibility
Because SI’s technicians only work in the food production sector, we have a vast knowledge of how to integrate equipment on the shop-floor, enabling our customers to benefit from capturing data at every key part of the process.
With all data managed and processed in real-time by the SI central hub, we can create visual dashboards that give production teams within the pet food processing industry ‘one version of the truth’. One version of the truth will deliver complete visibility, QA control and traceability throughout your factory floor and back-office operations.
All pet food manufacturing processes can be checked, measured and reported on, including:
- Managing raw material checks at intake.
- Ensuring processing machinery is operating properly (i.e. cooking, mixing and packaging).
- Confirming the right raw material has been added to the batch.
- Capturing and managing specification tolerances.
- Recording the actual conditions that the batch was subjected to for traceability.
- Producing the right date for canning or other packaging and OCM labelling.
- Providing a failsafe picking and despatch solution.
Labelling with full traceability and bespoke designs
Getting labelling wrong can lead to expensive recalls or reworks. With more detail required by retailers to satisfy consumer demands and changes in legislation, ensuring all the information required is accurate before labels are printed is critical.
This is why the SI labelling module has been designed to integrate with OEM equipment, sending the exact information needed from each batch to the individual product and the outer case label for boxes and pallets.
Our solution even prevents the wrong labels being used after a batch has finished, eliminating overrun errors or incorrect labelling. With the inbuilt design functionality, label designs can be changed, proofed and sent for approval much quicker, speeding up the whole process.
To find out more about SI’s labelling module, click here.
*For more information from the Pet Food Manufacturer’s Association 2018 ‘Pet Data Report 2018’ visit https://www.pfma.org.uk/pet-population-2018