Batch Process Control Solution Increases Productivity and Manufacturing Flexibility
Case Study for Ventura Foods
Consider for a moment what it takes to produce a product in a traditional manufacturing facility that has multiple lines producing different products at various times. First, there are the logistics of scheduling and raw material handling. Then, add the human labor factor affecting both quality and efficiency. Meanwhile consider the continuous labor of cleaning and prepping for the next cycle to begin. Now imagine this reoccurring multiple times every day at 12 plants across the country. For ESE customer Ventura Foods of California, one of the largest foodservice producers in the country, this was the reality they faced before implementing a batch process control system.
Ventura Foods is known for its commitment to their customers - and their customers' growth and profit goals. In foodservice, the profitability of any company depends on efficient operations and marketing, especially considering oil, one of the chief ingredients in their products, is a commodity product. Because of this, Ventura sought additional ways to add value to their products and services while increasing profitability. Two successful answers were found – consolidation of three plants into one and implementation of a batch process control automaton solution from ESE, Inc. Today, production variances are kept to a minimum, inventories are under control, and profitability is on the rise.
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