Kanes Foods, based in the Vale of Evesham, which supplies bagged salads, vegetables and stir fry ingredients to supermarkets across the country, has installed a sophisticated quality and process control system to ensure that it meets retailer demands.
The company's previous manual approach to quality control had generated reams of paper. Records had to be stored for between three and five years while still remaining readily accessible.
To address this issue, Kanes introduced Applied Principles' Quality Manager across its business. In addition to removing all paper from the factory floor, the system's wireless architecture and rugged mobile computing devices now provide management with instant information regarding real-time checks at critical control points. Non-conformances are highlighted immediately and 'what to do next' instructions issued.
"Paperless quality control represented a perfect extension of our drive for automation," says Kanes. "The investment will pay for itself in efficiencies of time and labour alone. Managing audit tasking is a cinch as the software allows us to easily create our own questions and tasks for each critical control point."
The system's 'what-if' technology means that if non-conformances are detected, additional tasks and actions are given. The system will then instruct what further action might be needed.
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