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Jessica continues to fly the flag for engineering apprenticeships

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Jessica Tozer, Technical Team Leader at Stevens Traceability Systems is delighted to be on the judging panel at this year’s EEF Future Manufacturing Awards.

The awards celebrate the success of UK manufacturers and apprentices and entries for the award categories are submitted by regional. The regional award winners are automatically entered for the national awards, with the national winners being announced at a prestigious gala which takes place in London in January 2019.

Having won the EEF Apprentice of the Year Award in 2016, Jessica went on to speak at a parliamentary summer reception for British manufacturers at the House of Lords in Summer 2017. Jessica’s speech described what it’s like to be a young woman entering the manufacturing industry, and how apprenticeships are a great way to bring new talent into the industry.

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Two years later, Jessica now manages a Stevens technical, service and calibration engineers in the South of England.

Jessica will be helping to judge this year’s nominated apprentices both regionally and nationally and continues her great relationship with EEF, where she undertook her apprenticeship at their training centre in Aston, Birmingham.

“Without my apprenticeship, I wouldn’t be where I am in my career today. Not only did I get paid during my training, I learned so much from the course as well as my employer. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending engineering apprenticeships to anyone, every day is different in manufacturing and engineering, you never get bored.”

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Stevens joined North West Foodies at Annual Celebration

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On the 4th October, Stevens showcased their Essentials Traceability System and weighing equipment at the Annual Celebration of Food & Drink: Lancashire Style.

The food and drink event held at the award-winning Stanley House Hotel & Spa located in Mellor, Lancashire, was the 4th annual event organised by NatWest. This sector-specific exhibition welcomed businesses from across the county, from catering, packaging, cleaning, insurance, beverage, food and more.

The Essentials Traceability System got lots of attention from attendees and exhibitors and Paul Dungworth, Area Sales Manager for the North, demonstrated how the system uses the stock management module and production module so that operators weigh ingredients accurately to ensure product consistency and capture ingredient lot numbers for traceability purposes.

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“Traceability is a legal requirement for food businesses, which should be established at all stages of production, processing and distribution. It is essential in situations where a product withdrawal or recall is required.” (Food Standards Agency)

With over 35 exhibitors and 150 attendees, the event had an energetic atmosphere, new connections were made, and Paul and Amanda (pictured above) even discovered (and sampled) orange jalfrezi chocolate made by a local chocolatier!

For further information about Stevens Traceability Systems or for weighing scales, please get in touch with the team on 01254 685200 or email info@stevenstraceability.com

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Food Manufacturers Waste: The Problems and the Solutions

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Waste and waste management has been an extremely topical subject for many years across the globe, with food waste receiving further attention more recently in the UK from the Government and high-profile media campaigns such as “War on Waste” led by professional chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. His mission, which was aired on the BBC, was to change the way we think about waste by challenging the supermarkets and fast food industry to drastically reduce the amount of waste they generate.

However, it’s not only the supermarkets and fast food industry who produce food waste, but food manufacturers also account for 1.7 million tonnes of waste each year, costing the food manufacturing sector £1.2 billion per year.

Implications of food waste

So why is food waste a concern? Food waste has economic, environmental and social impacts; Greenhouse gas emissions are produced when food is decomposing on landfill, as well as when it’s transported. These greenhouse gases have a global impact on temperature and weather systems, with the ‘greenhouse effect’ resulting in global warming.

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Causes of food waste

Food wastage from manufacturers can occur at any point during the food manufacturing process. For example, at pre-production, there could be inaccurate forecasting of raw materials which may not get used fully and leftovers go to waste.

During production, waste can happen through spillage, spoilage, even plant shutdowns and washes. Ingredient waste can also occur during the food production process from peeling, washing, slicing and even boiling.

According to WRAP.org.uk, 9% of waste in the ready meals and chilled products sector is caused by machine mishandling, and 3.5% of products are rejected for poor production such as under or over baking, or under or overweight.

Cancellation of orders, packaging, and end of sell-by-date products are also a cause of food waste.

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Reducing food waste

It’s not only important to reduce food waste for the good of the environment and economy, but waste can also have a huge impact on the bottom line for food manufacturers.

Here are a few tips which can help waste management;

  • Form good relationships with your supply chain – so you can return ingredients to them if they won’t be used (if your supplier agrees to do this)
  • Forecast for accuracy – order the right amount of raw materials for production so that left-over goods don’t go to waste
  • Increase re-work – re-use waste product where possible
  • Use cutoffs – to create a new product and maximise ingredients
  • Regularly check machines – walk the line regularly to ensure machinery is working properly

Stevens Waste Management

The tips above are just a few ways to reduce waste in the food processing industry, however, Stevens Traceability has a waste management system which is proven to reduce product giveaway, wastage and conform to traceability audits and average weight regulations.

By having full traceability of raw ingredients from goods in, throughout the production process and through to waste, the Stevens system provides reports so that you can improve performance, make production more efficient and reduce the costs of materials, labour, and energy.

What’s more, you can ensure collections of waste are scheduled in line with actual waste on-site, reducing unnecessary collections, further helping the environment and reducing waste collection costs.

If you’re looking for, or would like more information about a traceability or waste management solution, please get in touch with our expert team today on 01254 685200 or email info@stevenstraceability.com

New Partnership Strengthens End-to-End Compliance & Maintenance Solution for Manufacturers

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Stevens Traceability Systems Limited are pleased to announce their strategic partnership with leading instrumentation maintenance and management company, Envogen UK Limited.

Having provided weighing and traceability solutions to manufacturers operating in the food and beverage, industrial, waste and logistics sectors for over 100 years, we know how important it is for manufacturers to comply with industry regulations.

This extensive experience has also allowed us to fully understand the importance of ensuring that production is at full capacity for maximum profitability, and it’s for this reason that we have appointed Envogen UK Limited as a strategic partner to support our service offering.

WHAT THIS PARTNERSHIP MEANS FOR MANUFACTURERS

Working with Envogen UK Limited, allows Stevens Traceability to not only ensure that manufacturers comply with the ever-increasing regulations when it comes to product safety, employee safety and disposal of waste procedures using our award-winning modular software and weighing equipment. It also enables us to extend our current service provision to weighing equipment and associated assets, to include Instrumentation calibration services.

INSTRUMENT & CONTROL: ON-SITE CALIBRATION & REPAIRS BY ENVOGEN UK LIMITED

ON-SITE CALIBRATION SERVICES

Envogen provides a comprehensive, cost-effective range of on-site service that includes calibration, preventative maintenance, planned shutdown work, installation, and commissioning.

Service is available for all forms of measurement, including;

  • Pressure
  • Temperature
  • Level
  • Flow
  • Ph
  • Conductivity
  • All other electrical equipment

They certify the instrumentation within the client’s plant, allowing them to demonstrate compliance with their Regulatory Authority, British Standard, FSA, FDA, International Standard or other Governing bodies.

These services are supported by an in-house repair service, to all of the above instruments and they are able to supply replacement instrumentation at competitive prices.

BENEFITS FOR MANUFACTURERS

  • Maximum output
  • Maximum profitability
  • Improved production processes
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Reduced number of suppliers to site
  • Reduced number of invoices to process
  • Standardised calibrations, rather than every month of the year
  • Increased management control
  • Cost savings

Mike Wynburg, Director at Stevens Traceability Systems Limited said:

“We’re extremely pleased to work in partnership with Envogen so that we can provide customers with further servicing options. Supporting our clients is central to all that we do, and formulating partnerships with key experts in maintenance and servicing is something which we will be growing at Stevens Traceability.”

Dave Sumpter, Director, Envogen UK Limited added:

“Excited by the prospect of working alongside a leading supplier of weighing and traceability services.”

If you’re looking for a traceability solution, servicing or weighing equipment for your manufacturing facility, please get in touch with our expert team today on 01254 685200 or email info@stevenstraceability.com

The Rise of Artisan Bakeries

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The launch of The Great British Bake Off in 2010 ignited the nation’s passion for baking. People of all ages and baking experience have attempted the signature dishes, showstoppers and technical tests at one time or another; all no doubt with varying degrees of success. Junior Bake Off, the spin-off series, saw future artisan bakers take to our screens with the aim of impressing the judges with their flaky pastry and gingerbread houses.

Not only did we see the British public tune into the programme in their millions, viewers took to the Supermarkets in their droves. Sainsburys for example, saw sales of orange jelly increase by 150% overnight when the contestants were tasked with making Jaffa Cakes (1) in 2016. The show is also credited by many as being integral to the rise of Artisan Bakeries and their increase in popularity among the British public.

INDEPENDENT BAKERIES

The independent bakery sector has enjoyed years of growth thanks to the likes of Paul Hollywood and Lorraine Pascale championing the art to the masses. The word ‘Artisan’ typically signifies care, expertise and quality of ingredients. There are currently no official restrictions on who can use these terms, so it’s always worth finding out the story behind the label.

For example, Macleans Bakery in Forres, Inverness, Scotland, are a Stevens Traceability client. They are fourth generation family bakers and have held the title of Scottish Master Bakers. A family-run company, they produce traditional shortbreads, sweet biscuits and oatcakes from recipes handed down through the generations. In the 100 years they have been baking, the team at Macleans Bakery have witnessed many changes in their industry, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the quality of ingredients, quality of finished product and eating quality and flavour.

COELIAC DISEASE AND FOOD ALLERGIES

As a nation we have a fondness of bread which spans thousands of years, however in recent years an increase in coeliac disease (gluten intolerance) and food allergies in general, has seen consumers taking more of an interest in what is in their food.

This has provided independent bakeries with an opportunity to bake products which meet the needs of niche markets. Independent bakeries are typically in a better position than the national bakeries to respond quickly to a change in consumer tastes by removing or reducing the ingredients typically associated with intolerances and allergies i.e. yeast and additives. The introduction of sourdough into the baking process has enabled bakeries to continue offering products to this marketplace.

THE IMPORTANCE OF RECIPE TRACEABILITY IN BAKERIES

Nowadays, consumers are not afraid to ask for the details when it comes to ingredients. They are also more demanding as far as product consistency goes. They want the same taste and same size of product each time; regardless of whether they are buying from an independent bakery or Supermarket.

This is where recipe traceability plays a part. Many independent bakeries still take a manual approach to the weighing of ingredients which is typically down to the costs of introducing automation into the process.

At Stevens Traceability our Essentials™ Modular Software has been designed specifically for smaller, independent bakeries. Our system supports you in delivering on product consistency and traceability of ingredients leading to a reduction in costly giveaway.

Introducing automation into the baking process, ensures you can deliver what the customer wants; namely consistency of product and quality. In addition, your bakery benefits from increased productivity and visibility of the entire operation. Introducing the Essentials™ Modular Software into your production process, reduces the amount of manual labour from the process, provides statistics of the batch, manages product giveaway, ensures consistency. All of the previously mentioned gives you the time to focus on developing new products and most importantly growing your business.

FIND OUT MORE

For more information on the Essentials™ Modular Software, please call Lauren on: 01254 685200 or email: lauren.smith@stevenstraceability.com

INTERESTING FACTS

  • As a nation of bread lovers, we purchase over 3,500,000,000 sandwiches each year (2) – this reaches 12,000,000,000 if you count the ones you make yourself (3)!
  • Artisan bread is easier to digest than mass-produced bread, because the enzymes have had time to begin breaking down the gluten in the flour while fermenting. And you can take time to savour it too – as a rule of thumb, the longer the production process, the longer its shelf life will be (4).
  • Sugar keeps everything together when baking (5). Aside from sweetening the baked goods, its role is to bind the water, meaning it attracts water and keeps it from the other ingredients.
  • A rolled-up piece of white bread was used to erase graphite before rubber erasers were invented (6).
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Stevens Equipment Featured on TV

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Here at Stevens Traceability Systems, we always love to see our Weighing and Traceability solutions really benefiting our customers. One of our customers Wensleydale Creamery was the feature of a Channel 5 documentary “Made in Yorkshire”. This really shows how using a Traceability system and quality weighing equipment can bring you a consistent and succesful product. You can see a short clip of Wensleydale Creamery using some Stevens equipment on the video below.

However if you’d like to watch the full documentary please head to https://www.my5.tv/made-in-yorkshire/season-1/episode-2

To find out more about how Stevens can help you gain sustainability, Traceability and end to end process control in your business, get in touch now via our contact page or the contact details below.

Sales@stevenstraceability.com

+44 (0) 1254 685 200

Stevens Client – Paterson Arran Achieve Management SME Award

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Stevens customer Paterson Arran are a substantial user of the Stevens Systems within many areas of their factory and it is great to see them recognised for their ongoing commitment to quality control and sustainability. This has allowed them to mange their waste more effectively and streamline their processes from supplier to end production.

As Winners of the VIBES Award: Management SME Award -Sponsored by Centre for Sustainable Practice and Living. This really shows the hard work and commitment the Paterson Arran team have been putting into their business. We like to think our Stevens System products have aided them in achieving this high standard of business.

To take a look at the full interview from Adam Wilson, Quality, Safety, Health & Environmental Manager at Paterson Arran Ltd. Just click the video to listen to the great work they have achieved.

To find out more about how Stevens can help you gain sustainability, Traceability and end to end process control in your business, get in touch now via our contact page or the contact details below.

Sales@stevenstraceability.com

+44 (0) 1254 685 200