posted on 9/21/2011 3:14:51 PM
The maker of salad dressings and sauces has implemented CDC Factory, replacing manual processes with technology that automates data capture and adds analytics as well as continuous improvement functionality to boost productivity and product quality.
In an effort to support its rapid growth, privately held Ken’s Foods Inc. has deployed CDC Software Corp.’s manufacturing execution system software at its Massachusetts plant, and has announced plans to roll out the CDC Factory technology to two more sites, in Georgia and Nevada, over the next few months.
The maker of salad dressings and sauces produces and packages more than 2,500 stock keeping units (SKUs) that have been, to date, handled by manual data collection processes. To increase productivity and improve quality assurance processes, Ken’s Foods enlisted the help of CDC to set up a solution that would provide the company with a better way to measure and manage plant floor processes.
CDC Factory is a manufacturing operations management (MOM) system that is said to integrate several functions, including shop-floor data capture, packaged metrics like overall equipment effectiveness (OEE),constraint analysis, manufacturing intelligence in the form of analytics and scorecards, continuous improvement capabilities, and paperless quality management.
According to CDC, its CDC Factory software was implemented at Ken’s Foods’ Massachusetts plant within six weeks. In addition, the vendor provided Ken’s Foods with a CDC Factory benchmark audit that gave it a detailed project scope and identified where a rapid ROI justification could be targeted. Based on CDC Software projections, with the new MES system in place, the company should deliver up to 8% efficiency improvements within a year.
Perhaps the biggest achievement, however, was getting a culture that had been stuck in its traditional way of doing things manually to adopt the technology.
“CDC Factory has been widely accepted by our shop-floor workers, the ones who need to use this system on a day-to-day basis,” said Ken’s Foods COO Bob Merchant in a statement. “Not only has CDC Factory minimized their cumbersome paperwork, but it also has helped improve the company’s quality assurance record-keeping.”