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Food & Beverages

MES software solutions for the Food & Beverages industry


Meet key challenges including quality, compliance and increasing demand

The Food & Beverages industry faces a growing global food demand*. In developed countries, consumer preferences are increasingly complex whilst in developing countries, the emerging middle-class turns away from traditional diets to adopt more western habits. Food safety standards and complex regulations are increasingly stringent and premium brands face tougher competition from discounted and private labels.

These factors add up to a range of challenges:

  • Food safety compliance demands prioritised stock consumption, strict quality control and 100% accurate labelling of shipped goods
  • The increased cost of raw materials necessitates balanced stock levels and reduction of manufacturing waste
  • Increased Product range diversity calls for improved line efficiency and faster change overs

How can Lighthouse Systems MES help you?

Shopfloor-Online MES software provides real-time visibility and control over all your manufacturing processes at the same time as driving up quality standards and efficiency.

Leading Manufacturers / Processors / Fillers in the Food & Beverages industry are leveraging the power of Manufacturing Operations Management (or MES) to address challenges and turn these into opportunities.

* The Food and Beverage Outlook Survey by KPMG forecast that the world population will increase from nearly 7.5 billion in 2016 to reach 10 billion by the end of the 21st century.

  • Production efficiency – increase plant efficiency in the context of an expanding product portfolio and product variations
  • Asset utilisation – improve productivity of the plant whist maintaining high safety standards for plant workforce and upholding high quality standards for the consumer
  • Regulatory compliance – guarantee accurate product weight and legible packaging label dates - "Best before" or "Use by"
  • Performance benchmarking across plants is enabled with the standardisation of manufacturing operations

The modular format of Shopfloor-Online MES allows you to take a step-by-step approach to MES investment. Expect each investment to make a return within 6-12 months.

  • Data-driven business decisions – real-time availability of performance data across all operations, integrated to the ERP provides a base for deeper business insight
  • Reduce costs with paperless operations
  • Profitable business growth – improve costs control, increase ROI and maximise shareholders return
  • Support the IT strategy of your company with an information system that seamlessly connects plant equipment to plant operations, to business management
  • Lower the risk of implementation – take a step-by-step approach to MES software and incrementally meet business needs with Shopfloor-Online modules
  • Improve access and ease deployment – Shopfloor-Online is web-based, accessible anywhere on the network
  • A global solution – Lighthouse Systems’ manufacturing operations management solutions are multi-site, multi-lingual and multi-time-zone
  • Reduce the complexities of support and training with one MES addressing all operations needs
  • Cloud based MES Software – move the servers to the corporate data centre or move to the cloud
  • Lean IT – consolidate manufacturing operations with one scalable platform; remove home-grown applications and reduce the number of interfaces to various systems increasingly difficult to support

pladis (formerly United Biscuits) – multi-site manufacturer

Biscuit manufacturer takes a step-by-step approach to MES software:

  • Manufacturer gains improved efficiency with fast and reliable insight into quality, performance and OEE KPIs
  • Training time is reduced thanks to a standard MES model at each plant
  • Customer quality audits are reduced from 3 days to 2 hours

pladis / United Biscuits case study

Ben Riach – Scottish bottling plant

Scotch whisky distillery improves quality and compliance with Shopfloor-Online:

  • Quality management software to support all on-the-line and off-the-line quality checks (quality of the bottle, screw thread, label, torque test) and create certificates of conformance