Food companies flock to data software

By Ahmed ElAmin

- Last updated on GMT

CDC Software yesterday reported a 76 per cent rise in sales during
the second quarter for its Factory software, a product that targets
food and beverage manufacturers with an eye on process data.

CDC Factory integrates factory scheduling, performance management and analytics in one package, according to the company. It is specifically targeted at the food and beverage sector, which is not known for its high level of automating such processes. Such software products help managers keep an eye on operational performance, providing and manipulating data from across to shop floor to help them adjust processes more efficiency. CDC said that in addition to the rise in new sales, current customers also expanded their licenses of Factory for deployments to additional manufacturing plants. CDC claims Factory is the first packaged manufacturing operations management software that integrates finite factory scheduling, manufacturing execution systems (MES), real-time performance management, quality, maintenance and analytics processes. The software is specifically designed for food and beverage, consumer products and pharmaceuticals manufacturers. CDC claims positive returns can be achieved in eight weeks or less. CDC said new customers of Factory included Windsor Foods, American Popcorn Company and Bay Valley Foods. Windsor Foods, which manufacturers frozen ethnic foods and appetizers, is using the software to improve the way it uses labour and materials, plus getting rid of packaging waste. According to CDC Windsor Foods' recent acquisitions, including that of Specialty Brands in 2004, had effectively doubled the size of the company. Windsor approached CDC after it made an acquisition and needed to identify its manufacturing performance, the company stated.

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