Food Technical Consulting (FTC) core competencies reside in food manufacturing systems that have been customized to meet the unique needs of the food and beverage industry. Some of the unique food processing requirements include perishable products with limited shelf life, food safety and quality risks from microbiological contamination, MRP systems that manage reverse bill of materials, finite capacity planning and scheduling, farm-to-fork electronic tracking and tracing, and tracking product shrink through multiple processes used to manufacture the finished goods. As a result, FTC helps food and beverage manufacturers sort through the maze of software manufacturing systems applications to identify specific solutions that fit their unique business requirements.

Food Manufacturing SystemsThe food and beverage processing industry is experiencing a seismic shift from traditional, labor intensive manufacturing process management to paperless, electronic process management systems that provide plant managers and corporate executives with real-time operations management reports based on pre-established KPIs and other plant metrics.  Unfortunately, most food and beverage processing entities have disparate hardware, software, and database systems scattered throughout their plants in different geographical locations.  As a result, islands of information reside in an endless number of locations throughout the manufacturing environment.  For those executives that would like to place their fingertips on real-time, KPI-based operations performance reports that result from a singular plant Data Store seamlessly (wirelessly) linked to a multitude of data collection points throughout their plants the task is daunting!

Food Technical Consulting provides ‘independent” technology assessment and selection, ROI analysis, and implementation services across the following range food manufacturing systems:

  • ERP Systems (Enterprise Resource Planning)
  • MRP Systems (Material Requirement Planning)
  • MES Systems (Manufacturing Execution or Enterprise Systems) (previously known as CIMS Systems)
  • Supply Chain Management Systems (Forecasting, Supply Planning, and Detailed Advanced Scheduling)
  • CPFR Systems (Collaborative Planning, Forecasting, and Replenishment)
  • Real-time Data Collection Systems
  • Plant Control Systems
  • Plant Automation Systems

Plant MES systems include Real-Time Data Collection and Web-based KPI status reporting, Operations Detailed Scheduling, Resource Allocation and Status Reporting, Production Unit Dispatching, Electronic Document Management, Quality Management, Process Management, Predictive and Preventative Maintenance Management, Product Tracking and Genealogy, and Performance Analysis.

FTC is prepared to work individually with Plant Managers, Food Engineers, Operations and Information Technology executives, and CEOs to complete “independent” detailed technology assessments, define business technology requirements, conduct independent vendor technology selection assessments, develop dynamic ROI analysis of recommended solutions, and coordinate and manage technology implementations. Our consultants have a history of working in various facets of the food industry, and understand process, quality, safety, and performance requirements that software companies and Big 5 consulting companies do not. Dr. Suderman has also participated as a member of the Instrument Society of Automation (ISA), MESA International Technical Committee, and MESA International Annual Conference Program Committee.

Our client record for ‘independent” consulting assessments includes many #1 brands like Gold’n Plump Poultry, Johnsonville Sausage, Jennie-O Turkey Store, and E & J Gallo Winery.