With those priorities in mind, we provided the trust with our Dynamic Traceability System, consisting of two Vantage 2.1 Bench Scales, three thermal printers and a wireless scanner. The system assists with recording ingredients coming on to site and managing them from goods-in through to patient. With crystal clear touchscreen displays, our Vantage 2.1 terminals are easy to use for operators and allow for digital data processing across factory floor and office.
In short, the system works in the following way: At goods-in, an ingredient is scanned in and allocated a unique lot number, it is then booked into the relevant stock location according to the facility’s own guidelines on FEFO or positive release.
At weigh-up, the operator selects the necessary recipe from the facility’s database using the touch screen terminal that will then display the target weight and allowed tolerances (as set by the relevant internal parties). This provides clear feedback for the operator who can weigh the ingredient and only once the weight is within tolerance can they proceed to the next ingredient or step in the recipe.
This repeats until all ingredients have been weighed accordingly, and there are steps in place to prevent error like replacement batches for out-of-stock ingredients and setting supervisor approval where necessary. Throughout all of this, the unique batch or lot number for the ingredient is recorded at every stage to provide complete traceability and improve food safety.
Looking to the future, our modular approach to digital traceability also means that any system expansions into the central production unit can be easily implemented with no compromise or risk to existing data.