Bidfood Ingredients was established in July 2007 when two well-known Bidvest companies, namely Bidbake and Crown Foods Group (CFI) unified. Given the commonalities of these successful groups, both serving segments in the food industry with ingredients and technology, the marriage was logical. Crown National supplies the Southern African meat, poultry and food processing markets. Crown is the leading supplier of herbs, spices, seasonings, sauces, sausage casings, meat processing equipment and food ingredients. Crown National is committed to excellence in all areas of food safety, innovation and unrivalled technical support.
DATASCOPE Consulting was commissioned to install their Warehouse Management System throughout the CFI factory in Cape Town. This project lasted 12 weeks and included the following high level steps:
In a nutshell DATASCOPE WMS manages the entire movement of all inventory, the quality control processes and the planning and execution of the factory floor operations. This is a high volume throughput environment with tons of spice processed daily. The entire factory is covered with a wireless network with over 20 scanners and 4 bar-code label printers. This is a 95 WMS licensed user site.
According to Riaan Oosthuizen (Operations Director), the following have been the main benefits of DATASCOPE WMS:
› Full lot traceability and food safety requirements met – the main objective
› Ability to now accurately measure performance at a very detailed level (KPI Dashboard a huge management tool)
› Stock rotation forced by WMS
› Bulk and pickface set up streamlined the CFI operation
› Alleviation of bottlenecks – main one was trying to find stock – now got full inventory visibility
› Detailed control of QC – automatically generated sample labels, QC controls on the floor etc.
› Improved control of outsourced stock (both stock and supplier billing)
› Cycle counts and quick stock-takes a huge advantage (require a full stock take every 3 months)
› Planning can’t release job’s to floor until stock available and QC’ed
› Accurate order fulfilment rate – customer satisfaction
› Project very well managed with great team commitment
DATASCOPE Consulting implemented its WMS into the Casings Division in 2008 and looks forward to rolling the product into the remaining Bidfood Ingredient plants in the near future.
Magaliesberg Citrus Company Ltd contacted DATASCOPE looking for “intelligent scanners”. This was the commencement of the DATASCOPE WMS project implementation at their juice-extraction plant in the Brits District.
Magalies Citrus is one of the leading citrus processing plants in South Africa, delivering around 16 million litres of juice concentrate per annum, extracted from the 10 different citrus varieties that are grown in the surrounding areas. Truckloads of citrus product are regularly delivered by the farming community. The fruit is then sorted and passes through their large extraction process.
Magalies Citrus produces a large variety of juice concentrates to the local and international market. The juice is bottled into varying sized containers and distributed directly from their warehouse as individual bottles or pallet loads and one-ton flow bins.
Magalies Citrus identified that they need a structured real time solution to track and manage the inventory movement throughout the manufacturing process.
After assisting Magalies with some sound SYSPRO data setup advice, software installation and hardware setup took place in November and DATASCOPE left for their “silly season”. In March 2012 the project resumed with training and their go-live stock take. It was an exciting time for DATASCOPE, as it is our first project using 2D barcoding and long-range Intermec CK3 EX25 scanner devices (with a maximum scan range of up to 15 meters).
We look forward to yet another long-lasting relationship with the committed team at Magalies Citrus. To Magalies – welcome into our increasingly diverse customer base!
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