Automated QA and Traceability
Paper QA holding you back? Move up to automated QA that always works
The pressure to always be audit ready has never been greater for food processors. Now, with the new BRC Global Standards for Food Safety , for companies that are still reliant on paperwork, it’s imperative to move up to digital QA and traceability.
Why invest in traceability systems for food manufacturing?
It’s for this reason that leading food production companies, such as Faccenda Foods, invested in our specialist QA software. SI’s Integreater software suite i driven by shop-floor data capture. As our customers tell us, it’s a very proactive and reassuring way of managing traceability QA.
“For us, the automated traceability provided by SI eliminates 1.8 tonnes of paper per annum.” Faccenda Foods
Integreater QA and traceability excels at shop-floor quality assurance and control within the food production environment.
Find out more about food quality assurance and traceability from SI:
- Set mandatory & optional questions
Set questions as mandatory or optional, for meaningful results every time. By translating QA checks into electronic procedures, SI’s digital QA prompts operators with a series of questions.
All questions are editable and new ones can be set whenever required.
- View results for all procedures
By grouping procedures into sets, food processing operations can set QA checks as ‘timed’ and assign to specific users or user groups.
Whenever new procedures are required, it’s easy to develop these in-house; simply test and release to all relevant users.
- Select data input methods
Select the data input methods that best suits your operations. For instance, answer questions by selecting a dropdown list item, scanning a barcode, capturing a weight from a scale or by typing a number.
- Data capture devices
With SI’s QA and Traceability software, data can be captured across a range of devices. From touchscreens, scales, laptops and tablets, through to handheld devices, scanners and PDAs.
You can also integrate with 3rd party products and transfer wirelessly to a server to provide the complete picture of what’s going on.
Integreater provides a clear view of what’s being done across your operations and whether there’s anything that can be improved upon.
In terms of real traceability and looking at what you do, everything is instant because the information is already in place and available to view.
- Flag non-conformances instantly
Our software automatically collects and stores the same information and flags up any issues. It shows how many checks are being performed, when they are happening and identifies any non-conformances.
With a clear view of what is being done and whether there’s anything that can be improved upon, in terms of real traceability and looking at what you do, everything is instant because the information is already in place and available to view.
Other features include:
- Filter results to focus on the most meaningful historical data
- Eliminate requirement to re-key information
- Customise flexible and interlinked reports, to reflect your own procedures
Always be audit ready
Auditing and checking for non-conformances are always problematic when you’re reliant on a paper trail. Forms cannot prove process conformance, or whether your operators are performing the correct number of checks at the right time.
“Many factories are still relying on QA check sheets to record status whenever the QA’s walk the floor.” explained Rob Stephens, SI’s Managing Director. “What results is piles of paperwork. Whenever they’re audited, it can take days to prove that all the checks have been performed.
“For non-conformances, they have to find evidence that they’ve addressed them. It’s a very reactive way of doing things.”
Integreater digitally collects and stores information, and automatically flags up any issues. It shows how many checks are being performed, when they are happening and identifies any non-conformances.
It’s a very proactive way of managing QA and traceability.
TQM and Right First Time
Before investing in in ERP, SI recommends that food processors need to consider how it will better enable TQM and support Right First Time methodologies, to both save time and improve accuracy. Whilst data capture will track the progress of your products, you need the rigour within quality assurance checks to track specifics such as moisture levels at different stages.
Integreater QA provides that level of assurance.